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DMD affects one in 3,500 males

Sept. 23, 2010

Northwest coaches to participate in CoachtoCureMD campaign

MARYVILLE, Mo. - For the third year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach to Cure MD program, which will be held during games this Saturday. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than a half million dollars to battle Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The Northwest Missouri State and Truman football coaches will be among the numerous staffs across the country supporting the "Coach to cure MD" campaign this weekend. Coaches will be wearing sideline patches during Saturday's 1 p.m. contest in Kirksville, Mo.

Fans can join the fight by donating $5 when they text CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to you next phone bill). You can also donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy by either going online to

Last year, more than 5,200 college coaches at 351 different institutions participated in the Coach to Cure MD event. Both those figures are well higher than the program's inaugural year in 2008, when 2,675 coaches from 207 schools took part.

About DMD:  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 DMD 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 DMD and limited therapeutic options exist.

About PPMD:  Parent 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

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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