Coaches joining fight for a cure

Published 8:04 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2010

While the players at Friday night’s football game between Demopolis and Greenville will be fighting it out on the field for region supremacy, the DHS coaches and their supporters will be looking to help conquer another foe.

Demopolis High head coach Tom Causey and his staff will be wearing patches in support of Coach to Cure MD, an offshoot of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in partnership with the American Football Coaches Association.

While many of the nation’s college football teams took part in the fundraiser Sept. 25, Demopolis High will do its part Friday night when it places collection boxes at each of the gates and concession stands at Tiger Stadium.

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“We got an e-mail on it this summer asking us to sign up for it and we signed up,” Causey said about how the effort made its way to Demopolis. “We talk about all the time what’s done for us, we felt like this was an opportunity to give back a little bit and help somebody else. We talk in our Bible study about being able to help somebody when there is no chance they can help you back.”

Coach to Cure MD works to raise funds for the research and development of a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a diseased that afflicts boys and is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. The disease, which is 100 percent fatal, affects approximately one in every 3,500 boys worldwide and will resign its carriers to a wheelchair in their adolescence and later take away their upper body function in their teens before ultimately taking their lives in their mid 20s.

In addition to the donation boxes that will be set up at the game, those wishing to contribute can do so in other ways as well. Fans can contribute at or by text messaging the word CURE to 90999 to donate $5.