Gary Andersen and staff join fight to cure muscular dystrophy

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Utah State head coach Gary Andersen and his staff will join with college football coaches across the country to fight one opponent: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. By wearing an arm band with the Coach to Cure MD insignia during Saturday’s game against Southern Utah, Andersen will join coaches around the country in showing their support for Coach to Cure MD, the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) newest charitable project. Southern Utah head coach Ed Lamb and the SUU staff will also be wearing arm bands during Saturday’s game, which is USU’s Homecoming and Ag Day. The battle between the Aggies and Thunderbirds kicks off at 6 p.m. (MT) at USU’s Romney Stadium.”I’m excited and honored to participate in the Coach to Cure MD project. This is a terrific way for football coaches across the country to show their support for this event. We hope we can make people aware of this terrible disease and do what we can to help find a cure,” Andersen said.Utah State fans can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word “CURE” to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill and standard text message rates apply). Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 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 Muscular Dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.”College football coaches are dedicated to the betterment of young men and that’s why the entire coaching profession is proud to be a part of Coach to Cure MD,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director and legendary former coach of Baylor University. “Our coaches are determined to beat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and we need college football fans to help.”Last year, over 2,675 college coaches participated in the inaugural Coach to Cure MD event. Teaff said he expects an even wider cross-section of coaches to participate in the program’s second year. Families affected with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will also gather for fund-raising tailgate parties on campuses around the country to encourage more fans to get involved.”We are thrilled to be teammates again this year with the AFCA for Coach to Cure MD. The commitment of the coaches and universities that are participating is truly inspiring. We are taking 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. “And with the support of the AFCA and college football fans everywhere, we are confident that we will end Duchenne.”About AFCAThe 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 PPMDParent 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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