Ouachita Baptist University will once again support Coach To Cure MD for it's 10th Anniversary. Please make a donation in honor of our team captain, Dalton Johnson!
About Coach to Cure MD
Coach To Cure MD is a partnership between the American
Football Coaches Association (AFCA), a professional organization for over
10,000 college football coaches and staff, and Parent Project Muscular
Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest national charity devoted exclusively to Duchenne
muscular dystrophy (Duchenne).
In 2008 the AFCA adopted PPMD’s Coach To Cure MD program as
one of their charity efforts. One reason the AFCA was drawn to Coach To Cure MD
was because of the unique parallels between Duchenne, a disorder which robs
young men of precious muscle strength and college football, a game where young
men are at the peak of their muscle strength.
When you attend a game or watch your favorite team on television on September 30th, you will see AFCA member coaches from around the country wearing the Coach To Cure MD patch and talking about Duchenne.
About Duchenne MD
Duchenne is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during early childhood. A progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence, Duchenne affects approximately one out of every 3,500 boys and 20,000 babies born each year worldwide. The disorder manifests primarily in boys because the affected gene is found on the X-chromosome. Duchenne knows no other boundaries, touching all races and cultures.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) estimates that there are approximately 15,000 young men with Duchenne alive today in the United States. Duchenne can occur during any pregnancy regardless of family history. To date, there is no cure or treatment to stop the progression of Duchenne, and young men with Duchenne typically live only into their twenties.