Here is a link to the commercial that will be playing across the country on TV, in stadiums, and on radio shows on October 25th for the Coach to Cure MD event that PPMD has been planning in association with the American Football Coaches Association. Check out the website at www.coachtocuremd.org and tell all your friends about it!!!

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Great Commerical!!! We're hitting the road this weekend to tailgate at the LSU/Georgia game with our Coach to Cure MD shirts, cowbells and etc. Let's make this happen!!
I just came across this article on Coach to Cure:

Andy Coen joins fight against Muscular Dystrophy

10/20/2008


WACO, TEXAS - On Saturday, October 25, 2008, college football coaches across the country, including Lehigh’s Andy Coen, will join to fight one opponent – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. By wearing an arm band with the Coach to Cure MD insignia, coaches will show their support for Coach to Cure MD, the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) newest charitable project. “I am very proud to be joining my fellow coaches in the Coach to Cure MD program,” Coen explained. “I am sure we will be able to create more awareness of this disease and help generate added funds necessary for research.” He added, “As football coaches we are very fortunate to work with some of the strongest and fastest young people in our country, and it is only fitting that our association should step forward to help those who are stricken by MD.”



“College football is a team game and all of us in the coaching profession are asking football fans to help us defeat the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,” said Grant Teaff, a coaching legend at Baylor University, who is now the Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association.



Football fans will be able to donate to muscular dystrophy research either online at CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word “CURE” to 90999 to automatically donate $5 from their mobile phones.



Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys and occurs across all races and cultures.



Boys and young men with Duchenne lack dystrophin, a protein critical to the structural stability of muscle fibers. Patients 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 and limited therapeutic options exist.



The AFCA is joining with the Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to make Coach to Cure MD a reality and generate support for research using the nationwide, one-day, game-day event.



“College football coaches are dedicated to the betterment of young men and defeating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy fits with our mission,” Teaff said. “By focusing the eyes of the entire football world on MD for one college game day, we can raise awareness and funds for life-saving research and support the core academic missions of universities and colleges.”



“We take a comprehensive approach in the fight against Duchenne—funding research, raising awareness, promoting advocacy, connecting the community, and broadening treatment options,” said Pat Furlong, founding president and CEO of PPMD. “This project is totally aligned with our goals and we are excited about the Coach to Cure and the opportunities it presents.”

About AFCA
The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and is considered the primary professional association for football coaches at all levels of competition. The 10,000-member organization includes more than 90 percent of head coaches at the 700-plus schools that sponsor football at the college level. Members include coaches from Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico.

About PPMD
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. The organization’s mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life and long-term outlook for all individuals affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through research, advocacy, education and compassion. PPMD is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio with offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.parentprojectmd.org.

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Yup, google Coach to Cure MD. We are up on a number of team blogs, and spreading...

Here's one from Georgia Tech:

Paul Johnson And Coaches Across The Country Will Join Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy On Saturday
By wearing an arm band with the Coach to Cure MD insignia, coaches will show their support for Coach to Cure MD, the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) newest charitable project.

Oct. 20, 2008


WACO, TEXAS (September 30, 2008) -- Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson and coaches from across the country will join to fight one opponent on Saturday - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. By wearing an arm band with the Coach to Cure MD insignia, coaches will show their support for Coach to Cure MD, the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) newest charitable project.

Football fans will be able to donate to muscular dystrophy research either online at CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word "CURE" to 90999 to automatically donate $5 from their mobile phones. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys and occurs across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne lack dystrophin, a protein critical to the structural stability of muscle fibers. Patients 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 and limited therapeutic options exist. The AFCA is joining with the Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to make Coach to Cure MD a reality and generate support for research using the nationwide, one-day, game-day event.

"College football coaches are dedicated to the betterment of young men and defeating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy fits with our mission," Teaff said. "By focusing the eyes of the entire football world on MD for one college game day, we can raise awareness and funds for life-saving research and support the core academic missions of universities and colleges."

"We take a comprehensive approach in the fight against Duchenne--funding research, raising awareness, promoting advocacy, connecting the community, and broadening treatment options," said Pat Furlong, founding president and CEO of PPMD. "This project is totally aligned with our goals and we are excited about the Coach to Cure and the opportunities it presents."



Jacobs Mommom said:
I just came across this article on Coach to Cure:

Andy Coen joins fight against Muscular Dystrophy

10/20/2008


WACO, TEXAS - On Saturday, October 25, 2008, college football coaches across the country, including Lehigh’s Andy Coen, will join to fight one opponent – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. By wearing an arm band with the Coach to Cure MD insignia, coaches will show their support for Coach to Cure MD, the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) newest charitable project. “I am very proud to be joining my fellow coaches in the Coach to Cure MD program,” Coen explained. “I am sure we will be able to create more awareness of this disease and help generate added funds necessary for research.” He added, “As football coaches we are very fortunate to work with some of the strongest and fastest young people in our country, and it is only fitting that our association should step forward to help those who are stricken by MD.”



“College football is a team game and all of us in the coaching profession are asking football fans to help us defeat the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,” said Grant Teaff, a coaching legend at Baylor University, who is now the Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association.



Football fans will be able to donate to muscular dystrophy research either online at CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word “CURE” to 90999 to automatically donate $5 from their mobile phones.



Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys and occurs across all races and cultures.



Boys and young men with Duchenne lack dystrophin, a protein critical to the structural stability of muscle fibers. Patients 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 and limited therapeutic options exist.



The AFCA is joining with the Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to make Coach to Cure MD a reality and generate support for research using the nationwide, one-day, game-day event.



“College football coaches are dedicated to the betterment of young men and defeating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy fits with our mission,” Teaff said. “By focusing the eyes of the entire football world on MD for one college game day, we can raise awareness and funds for life-saving research and support the core academic missions of universities and colleges.”



“We take a comprehensive approach in the fight against Duchenne—funding research, raising awareness, promoting advocacy, connecting the community, and broadening treatment options,” said Pat Furlong, founding president and CEO of PPMD. “This project is totally aligned with our goals and we are excited about the Coach to Cure and the opportunities it presents.”

About AFCA
The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and is considered the primary professional association for football coaches at all levels of competition. The 10,000-member organization includes more than 90 percent of head coaches at the 700-plus schools that sponsor football at the college level. Members include coaches from Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico.

About PPMD
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. The organization’s mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life and long-term outlook for all individuals affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through research, advocacy, education and compassion. PPMD is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio with offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.parentprojectmd.org.

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