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Lake Erie to Participate in Coach to Cure MD This Weekend

Lake Erie to Participate in Coach to Cure MD This Weekend

On Saturday, Sept. 25, Head Coach Mark McNellie and the entire Lake Erie College football coaching staff will take part in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach Coach To Cure MD program to raise muscular dystrophy awareness.  During their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC_ game at Hillsdale College, Storm coaches will wear Coach to Cure armbands and encourage fans to donate to the cause.

Coach To Cure MD is a partnership between the AFCA, a professional organization for over 10,000 college football coaches and staff, and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest national charity devoted exclusively to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 2008 the AFCA adopted PPMD's Coach To Cure MD program as one of their charity efforts. One reason the AFCA was drawn to Coach To Cure MD was because of the unique parallels between Duchenne, a disorder which robs young men of precious muscle strength and college football, a game where young men are at the peak of their muscle strength.

The goals of Coach To Cure MD are simple: raise national awareness of the disorder and raise money to fund research for a cure. Our approach to reaching these goals is also simple. By wearing armbands, mentioning Coach To Cure MD during on and off-field interviews, and in some instances doing even more extensive media relations around the date, coaches are rolling up their sleeves and proudly getting involved.

How you can help

1. Support your Team!
Representing over 10,000 coaches around the world, the AFCA has stepped forward to help PPMD lead the fight against Duchenne. Now the ball is being thrown to you. Here's your chance to score a touchdown for our boys and help us defeat this deadly opponent. Find your team below, make a donation, and support boys and young men all over the world with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Find your team's page 

2. Text A $5 Donation!
The easiest way fans and friends can support Coach To Cure MD is by texting "CURE" to 90999. A one-time charge of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill. 


About American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
The AFCA is the professional association that represents more than 90 percent of head coaches at American colleges and universities. Founded in 1921, the AFCA has promoted the improvement of the coaching profession and has highlighted the good work of coaches on and off the field. (Learn more)

About Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD)
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since 1994, PPMD has improved the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for all individuals affected by Duchenne through research, advocacy, education, and compassion. Because of our efforts, families affected by Duchenne have better access to state-of-the-art care information, research is moving forward at an accelerated pace, and legislation now exists funding Duchenne research and outreach programs. (Learn more)