PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head football coach Mark McNellie and Hillsdale College coach Keith Otterbein, as well as their entire coaching staffs, will be among the hundreds of college football coaches nationwide joining together in support of the Coach to Cure MD program this Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.
The goal is to raise awareness and support to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a debilitating and progressive muscular weakening disease that affects young boys. Currently there is no cure and only limited therapeutic options. Coaches from the Storm and Chargers will wear patches during their game on Saturday which kicks off at 1p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio.
This is the fourth year of the Coach to Cure MD program which is a joint venture between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD).
"As a staff, we hope that we can do our part by raising awareness to a terrible disease through the Coach to Cure MD campaign and helping to do our part to end Duchenne," said McNellie. "We encourage everyone to do their part as well to support this cause."
Fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or be texting the word CURE to 9099 and making a $5 donation (donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).
Last year, more than 9,400 coaches took part in the Coach to Cure MD campaign representing 373 institutions. To date the campaign has raised nearly $875,000 with the goal this year to top one million.
To learn more, visit www.CoachtoCureMd.org.