By: Georgianna Hunt
Sports Information Student-Assistant
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Huntingdon College football coaches will join coaches nationwide by participating in the Coach To Cure MD program on Saturday. This is the fifth year the program has worked to help battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Last year more than $1 million was raised and more than 10,000 college coaches from more than 500 institutions participated in the Coach To Cure MD program events.
During Saturday's games, participating coaches will wear patches with the Coach To Cure MD logo. The purpose of this patch is to encourage fans to donate to the research projects involved with the program.
Fans who want to donate to the program are asked to donate by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will be added to your phone bill). Fans can also go to www.CoachtoCureMD.org to donate.
"The boys and their families affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy serve as an inspiration to a lot of us," Huntingdon football coach Mike Turk said. "This is just one way we can try to help, by taking a day to raise money and awareness. It's also our goal to provide a great experience for our special guest."
Huntingdon will welcome back 14-year-old Ben Evans as a special guest for Saturday's homecoming game with Ave Maria. As part of the day, Turk said Evans will meet with the team and has been invited to participate in the coin toss.
The Coach To Cure MD program is supported by a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. The PPMD's focus is on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
According to PPMD, Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. It primarily affects boys and young men and spans across all races and cultures. This fatal genetic disorder leads to progressive muscle weakness that eventually results in a decline in cardiac and respiratory function, loss of mobility and wheelchair dependency. There is no cure for the disorder at this time.