Support Coach To Cure MD in honor of Tyler Ash!
University of Minnesota will once again support Coach To Cure MD. Please make a donation in honor of our team captain, Tyler!
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 15th, you will see AFCA member coaches from around the country wearing the Coach To Cure MD patch and talking about Duchenne.
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.
Meet Tyler Ash
Tyler is your average happy 6 year old that loves Legos, Minecraft and playing outside. He looks just like your typical first grader, but on the inside he's battling a severe, muscle-wasting disease. He would love nothing more to be able to run with his friends, ride a bike and do everything his peers can physically do. Unfortunately, that's not the case for him. He fatigues easily, gets painful muscle cramps and too much strain on his muscles will result an increase in muscle breakdown. In the cold winter months, he's barely able participate in outdoor recess and spends his break watching other kids enjoy playing outside. Imagine picking your child up from school and having him tell you that he stayed in again for 2+ months straight. It's absolutely heartbreaking for a parent to hear. But, we do all that we can to keep him healthy and his muscles safe from injuries as we wait for a treatment for him. Your generous donation will help boys and girls like Tyler find a cure or treatment that will give them a better quality of life and most importantly HOPE for their future.
We are very thankful for this amazing opportunity to participate in the Coach To Cure MD on September 15th and help raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. We are very honored that our Tyler is the team Captain this year and can't wait to see him on the field. A special thanks to the U of M for participating in the Coach to Cure MD and helping us in this fight. Your continued support means the world to us!