A nationwide college football initiative was highlighted at the Granbury High School football game on October 15, 2021. Coach to Cure MD seeks to fund research to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
It marked the ninth year for the Pirates to have youngster Jax Madrigal join the team as an honorary captain for the pre-game coin toss. Madrigal is now eleven years old and is in the fifth grade at Acton Elementary School.
Duchenne is the most common genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood, primarily affecting boys of all races and cultures. People with Duchenne develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency, and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne, according to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD).
Granbury High School coaches wore lime green patches on their sleeves to support the program, which is in its thirteenth year promoted by the American Football Coaches Association. College coaches showed their support during games on September 25.
Supporters can donate online at ParentProjectMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 501501 to make a $25 donation on their next mobile phone bill.
Pictured is Jax on the sideline with GHS football captains, father Dustin, and brother Jace, an AES fourth grader.