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ETBU Football Coaches Join Cause to Raise Awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

MARSHALL, Texas (9/25/13)-East Texas Baptist University Tiger football coaches will be participating in the “Coach To Cure MD” program sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) during this Saturday evenings home opener against Willamette University in Ornelas Stadium. Each Tiger coach, along with all AFCA members nationwide, will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
MARSHALL, Texas (9/25/13)-East Texas Baptist University Tiger football coaches will be participating in the “Coach To Cure MD” program sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) during this Saturday evenings home opener against Willamette University in Ornelas Stadium.  Each Tiger coach, along with all AFCA members nationwide, will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
            “The Tiger football team has invited two local young men who have Duchenne’s to be our honorary captains and will be a part of the coin toss before our game,” said ETBU Head Coach Joshua Eargle. “We are doing this to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy which affects approximately one in 3,500 boys worldwide crossing all cultures and races. The funds raised will provide financial support for Duchenne research. ”
            The honorary captains are brothers Andrew Baldwin, 21, and John Baldwin, 15, of Marshall. Their mother, Cynthia Baldwin is a graduate of ETBU.  Besides representing ETBU at the coin toss they will also visit with the team in the locker room prior to the Tigers coming on the field to play the visiting Bearcats.  
            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 Duchenne muscular dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function.
            Football fans can donate to Duchene muscular dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).
            ETBU (2-0) kick-offs Saturday against Willamette (2-0) at 7:00 p.m. Tiger Alley festivities began at 4:00 p.m. at Ornelas Stadium.  
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