Pirate Football Gears Up for Coach To Cure MD
A seven-year old Granbury boy suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy has led Granbury Pirate football coaches to join the nationwide college football initiative Coach to Cure MD for the sixth year in a row. The cause will be featured during the Granbury-Everman football game on Friday, October 20, 2017.
Jax Madrigal, a first grader at Acton Elementary School, will join the Pirate football squad as an honorary captain during the pre-game coin toss.
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. It knows no other boundaries, touching all races and cultures.
There are approximately 15,000 young men with Duchenne alive today in the United States, according to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). The disorder can occur during any pregnancy regardless of family history. To date, there is no cure or treatment to stop the progression, and young men with Duchenne typically live only into their twenties.
Granbury High School coaches will be wearing lime green wristbands and patches on their sleeves to support the program, which is in its sixth year promoted by the American Football Coaches Association. College coaches are showing their support during games on September 30.
Individuals interested in donating can text CURE to 50555 to make a $10 contribution billed to their mobile phone. Proceeds benefit the PPMD non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 to fund research and end Duchenne. For more information, go to www.coachtocuremd.org.
Schools also have t-shirts available for sale to raise money for the cause.