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Coaches step up to help cure Muscular Dystrophy

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

College football coaches across the country are uniting behind a good cause.

Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), culminates Saturday with thousands of coaches nationwide, in all levels of collegiate football, wearing a “Coach to Cure MD” logo patch on the sidelines in an effort to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most prolific genetic killer diagnosed in childhood.

Fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Fans also can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word “CURE” to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill and standard text message rates apply).

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.