By: Fares Sabawi
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Texas A&M football coaches, along with the rest of the American Football Coaches Association, will support the “Coach to Cure MD” program on Saturday, September 24, 2011.
This annual effort will take place to raise money to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that affects one in 3,500 boys a year. This disease causes progressive muscle weakness that eventually leads to wheelchair dependency, and has very limited therapeutic options to slow down the symptoms.
“Because of the publicity that football gets, there’s a lot of money to be raised. With bigger colleges, there’s a few famous names helping out and that’ll help even more with raising money,” said Kyle Ppool, the linebacker coach for the Javelinas.
“We usually wear patches on that night to raise more awareness about it,” Bo Atterberry, the head coach of the AMK football team added, referring to the game on September 24th against Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.
This nationwide event had 373 different institutions and 9,467 football coaches participate last year in the “Coach to Cure MD”. Over the last three years, it has raised about $875,000. The grand total will be expected to surpass a million dollars after their fundraiser on September 24th.
“Not that football is not important,” said Atterberry, “but there’s a lot more important things going on, and this helps all of us truly put things into perspective.”
Fans that would like to donate to the “Coach to Cure MD” can go online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999, which will add a $5 donation to the cause on your next phone bill.