Pac-12 is 'coaching for a cure'

This week marks the fifth annual "Coach to Cure MD" week in college football, when coaching staffs nationwide will be wearing a special arm patch to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

All 12 Pac-12 coaching staffs are participating, including USC and Utah, which are idle but will wear the patches when they meet next week.

The partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Parent Project MD has raised more than $1 million in donations this season for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Coach to Cure MD will involve more than 550 schools and 5,000 coaches.

Fans are encouraged to donate $5 by texting the word CURE to 90999, or they can donate online at CoachtoCureMD.org.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal childhood genetic disorder. It is a progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence.

There is no cure and life expectancy is just in the 20s.

Research to find a cure is underway on many college campuses. Football fans have helped Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy make muscle research grants to Ohio State, UCLA, Florida and Missouri among others.