- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Before Duke coach David Cutcliffe even mentioned Wake Forest at his weekly news conference this week, Cutcliffe wanted to make everyone aware that ACC coaches this week will wear patches to bring awareness to muscular dystrophy.
"Muscular dystrophy is the number one fatal genetic disease of young boys in the world, so it is a much bigger problem than people realize," Cutcliffe said. "And as football coaches and in a sport like ours, we want to create awareness in that regard, so our entire staff and coaches across the country (will wear patches). Just suggest that people notice that, and think about how they can help. I am sure it has touched people that will hear this message somewhere along the way, so I appreciate that.”
All 11 active ACC coaching staffs are participating this weekend (Maryland has a bye week). This is the fifth year of Coach to Cure MD, a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Parent Project MD.
Out of 124 FBS teams, at least 120 coaching staffs are participating, including several teams that are idle this week but will wear the patches for other games. At all divisions, Coach to Cure MD will involve more than 550 schools and 5,000 coaches.
According to a spokesman for the Coach To Cure MD organization, Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal childhood genetic disorder -- it is a progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence. There is no cure and life expectancy is in the 20s.
The program has raised more than $1 million in donations this season for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Fans are encouraged to donate five dollars by texting the word CURE to 90999, or they can donate online.
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