Oct. 16, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – – Three weekends ago football coaches around the country wore “Coach to Cure MD” patches during their games in an effort to raise money and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder among boys worldwide. This was the seventh year for the Coach to Cure MD program, a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
Awareness was raised that weekend at Ohio State when brothers Jacob Jarvis and Noah Studebaker, close friends of the Ohio State program and who each have a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis, were honorary team captains before the Cincinnati game, and then presented with the game ball after the Buckeyes’ 52-24 victory.
Generating awareness that week was also the goal of a public service announcement that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer taped with Jacob and Noah prior to the game against Cincinnati.
Today after practice, a check for $10,000 was presented to Jacob with the funds going to the Coach to Cure MD program in his name. A generous donation by the Ohio State coaches complemented the donations from each of the football players and football support staffers. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, Jacob’s favorite Buckeye, and junior linebacker Joshua Perry spearheaded the fund raising efforts.
“I want to thank the members of this team, the coaching staff and all who contributed to this cause,” Heuerman said. “Jacob and Noah are awesome kids who are fighting every day against this disease, and this is a real honor to be able to help raise funds on their behalf.”
Perry feels it is part of the responsibility of being a Buckeye to engage in efforts such as this.
“We have a platform as Ohio State Buckeyes and people pay attention to what we do and to what we say,” Perry said. “So it is extremely important that we use our position on campus and in the community in positive ways, to help out others and to support various causes whenever we have an opportunity.”
Way to go, Bucks! Fans and others can also donate. Text CURE to 90999 to donate $5 to Duchenne MD research and donations can also be made at www.CoachtoCureMD.org.