Bucs take part in Coach to Cure MD Coach Sanders and staff to wear Coach to Cure MD patches

Published 12:01 am Thursday, September 26, 2019


JOHNSON CITY – On Saturday, Sept. 28, ETSU Football will be one of more than 500 universities taking part in the Coach to Cure MD campaign. The ETSU coaching staff will be wearing shoulder patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness of the program during the game against Furman in Greenville, S.C.

Now in its 11th year, Coach to Cure MD seeks to raise awareness and money to fund research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most prolific lethal genetic disorder of childhood.

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Over the last 11 years, Coach to Cure MD has raised over $2.1 million and every dollar has helped advance promising research, which led to two drug approvals for Duchenne in 2016.

The goal of Coach to Cure MD is to: raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (pronounced Doo-SHIN), generate final support for Duchenne research and to demonstrate coaches’ commitment to the betterment of young men and the core academic research missions of the universities.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. The disease affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys worldwide crossing all cultures and races.

Due to its progressiveness, those living with Duchenne will need the assistance of a wheelchair in their adolescence, will lose upper body function in their teens and sadly lose their battle with Duchenne around the mid-twenties.

Duchenne is 100% fatal, but since Coach to Cure MD in September 2016, two drugs have been approved in the U.S. by the FDA with additional therapies currently under review.

Fans can support the ETSU coaching staff in the fight against Duchenne by either contributing online at www.CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 501501 and donate $25. 

When texting, you will receive a message back two seconds later asking you to confirm your donation and then just reply to this message with the word YES and you will receive another text back thanking you for your donation.

The $25 will be added to your next phone bill under a donation line and you will never have to enter your credit card or debit card information.

Help the Bucs #TackleDuchenne this week and be sure to follow @CoachToCureMD to join the movement.