CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University Football fans, get out your mobile phones and help head football coach Mike Feminis and all the SXU football coaching staff are joining coaches all over America today in wearing a patch on their left arms to help defeat a terrible genetic disorder. It's called Coach to Cure M-D. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) is raising awareness and research funding to cure Duchenne (doo-SHEN) Muscular Dystrophy, the most prolific genetic killer of young men. Support our coaches by donating to life-saving research. Get out your mobile phones and text the word "CURE" to 90999 to donate $5 on your next mobile phone bill. Text C-U-R-E to 90999 to donate $5.
- Coach to Cure MD is supported by 9,000 coaches at all levels of college football.
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal childhood genetic disorder – it is a progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence
- Duchenne MD primarily affects boys – approximately one in every 3,500 live male births across all races and cultures.
- Duchenne MD robs boys of their ability to walk before they are teenagers.
- There is no cure and life expectancy is just in the 20's
- Research to find a cure is underway on many college campuses. Football fans have helped Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy make muscle research grants to Ohio State, UCLA, Florida, and Missouri among others.
- Over four years, college football backers have contributed nearly $1m in cash and other donations.
Learn more about the initiative at www.CoachtoCureMD.org