Football season is one of my favorite times of year. It brings me back to watching my college football team, the James Madison University Dukes, who will always be near and true to my heart. Who doesn't like to tailgate and root on their teams?

On September 29, 2012, coaches from your favorite university will be wearing Coach To Cure MD patches for the 5th year in a row to raise awareness for the fight to end Duchenne. To date, Coach To Cure MD has raised $1 million towards the fight to end Duchenne.

Whether you are a huge football fan, an armchair quarterback, or just someone looking to support the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy, getting involved and getting in the game is an easy and great way to support Duchenne research programs. Participating has never been easier: Just TEXT, TALK, & TAILGATE!

Over the last four years, spectators have seen our logo and asked what Duchenne is. They have heard our stories and donated. This year we need to maximize this opportunity in the national spotlight. Take a minute to read the ways you can help and join our team. There are a variety of easy, exciting events you can host at your home, local bar, or by tailgating as you cheer on your favorite team. You've never had so much fun fighting to end Duchenne! 

If you have any questions about getting your event off the ground, don't hesitate to contact me! You can send me an email at


Anyone can text the word CURE to 90999 to make a one time $5 donation to our cause. As a volunteer, you can help spread the word by using social networking sites as well as printed materials to promote the Coach To Cure MD texting donation system. Learn more about our text-to-give fundraising platform.


Talking about Duchenne and creating public awareness are critical in the fight to end Duchenne. This year we are asking parents across the country to get involved in our Talking Duchenne effort to promote Coach To Cure MD. 

  • Create a Fundraising Page. We have come up with an easy way for anyone to spread the word and raise funds online, with a feature that lets you create your very own personalized online family fundraising page.
  • With template press releases, simple stadium announcements, creative social media elements, and other tools, Talking Duchenne and getting the word out about Coach To Cure MD is a great way to participate. 

Learn more about Talking Duchenne.


Hosting a tailgate party is a fun and easy way to support Coach To Cure MD on game day. From a traditional cook-out tailgate party at the game to a house party with friends and family, or even a gathering at a favorite local restaurant or bar, a tailgate party is a great option. Coach To Cure MD can provide you with some great materials to make your party all the more festive and informative.

Download the Coach To Cure MD Restaurant Packet for everything you need!


Don't forget to contact me at for more information!


Danielle Garrigan, Project Coordinator
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