Here's the thing. Long ago, my husband played football for Notre Dame. My boys, Chris and Patrick loved that golden dome. They had hopes of attending Notre Dame. They watched every game. I watched them and while they were cheering for Notre Dame, I was praying that they would be able to walk the length of the football field. Just once.

Duchenne has changed. We stand at the forefront of promising clinical trials. We have been instrumental in making this happen. By working together, we have invested in academic research, connected with industry, and inspired our representatives in Congress. We are changing the landscape of Duchenne.

And now we have another wonderful opportunity to roll up our sleeves and work together as a community…COACH TO CURE MD ( This one-day national event on October 25, 2008, is designed to raise awareness about Duchenne and raise money for research. The American Football Coaches Association is partnering with us and every head football coach from participating schools will be wearing a patch with the Coach to Cure MD logo. They will highlight AFCA's efforts to fight muscular dystrophy. October 25, 2008 – This is OUR son's day. This is our day to share our fight with the nation. This is our day to show the AFCA how much we support them, what they are doing for us, and how thankful we are to have their help.

We have learned that when we work as a team, we get things done and the results are amazing. And we make progress. It is pretty clear to me that the Duchenne community can change the world – because we already have.

Please visit Coach to Cure MD TODAY and learn how you can make a difference.

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Comment by Jacobs Mommom on October 20, 2008 at 11:36am
I'm with you Franco. This is something that everyone can do and it's not asking for much at all:)
Comment by Julie Garcia on October 19, 2008 at 10:50am
Thanks, I have friends and family who are interested in helping and $5 is not very much to ask of them. Joining the site is something they may not do because they may feel they will be bombarded with spam. I appreciate the utube link!
Comment by MarcosDad on October 18, 2008 at 3:26pm
Let's all text "CURE" on our cell phones to 90999 on Oct 25th. Get as many as you can to do the same. Remember it will donate $5 for the Text to "Coach to Cure MD".
Comment by Farra Trompeter on October 18, 2008 at 11:30am
Comment by Farra Trompeter on October 18, 2008 at 11:29am
Comment by Farra Trompeter on October 18, 2008 at 11:28am
Looks like the commercial is on YouTube, so you could give friends that URL -- it is publicly available to anyone!

Comment by Pat Furlong on October 18, 2008 at 7:44am
I'll check on this with Ryan. We need to make sure the video is on or linked from the home page outside the community site. Keep in mind people would need to join the community to participate in the forums/discussions.
Comment by Julie Garcia on October 17, 2008 at 5:53pm

Just tried the link to send out to my friends and they are having trouble viewing it. They need a password and to sign in.....some will not do there a way to show without this?


Comment by James Poysky on October 17, 2008 at 4:34pm
Check out a copy of the commercial that will run on some television stations and in some stadiums during football games across the country:

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