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Kerry McCoy and University of Maryland Wrestlers "Pin Muscle Disease" for Fourth Consecutive Season!

COLLEGE PARK, MDCoach Kerry McCoy and the University of Maryland Wrestling Team have joined the Muscle Movement Foundation for the fourth consecutive season, wrestling with a purpose to "Pin Muscle Disease"! The Muscle Movement Foundation (MMF) is an IRS-registered 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the fight against neuromuscular disease. Reportedly, neuromuscular disease affects over one million loved ones in the United States. Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters lose their ability to walk, lift their arms, talk, swallow, and breathe in result of the debilitating effects of the disease. The Muscle Movement Foundation provides wrestlers with an avenue to directly assist their "Muscle Champions" in need, by way of physical and emotional accommodations. Defined by MMF Founder and President, Mr. Rob DeMasi, a "Muscle Champion" is an individual living and refusing to lose muscle disease.

                        2014 University of Maryland Wrestling Team

                        2014 University of Maryland Wrestling Team

This Friday, February 3rd, marks the Terrapins "Pin Muscle Disease" Match against Indiana University at 7:00p.m., at the XFINITY Center Pavilion. The Terps will be wrestling in honor of two "Muscle Champions"! Muscle Champions, Josh, 10 years old, and Colton, 3 years old, were diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy called duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a genetic form of muscular dystrophy that produces muscle degeneration and weakness throughout the body. It follows an x-linked recessive inheritance, where boys inherit the genetic mutation from the mother. The disease progressively robs boys of their ability to stand and walk, which usually occurs around 12 years old, but may occur sooner. DMD is one of nine forms of muscular dystrophy, all in which have no cure.

Mr. Kenneth Wallace, grandfather to Josh and Colton, and his daughter, Erica, recently had a difficult discussion with their boys. The discussion informed Josh and Colton about a disease they will live with for the rest of their life, and an experiment that Josh could partake in to hopefully one day help combat the disease. Recently becoming acquainted with the state of Maryland, the family traveled to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, where Josh, only 10 years old, underwent a clinical trial involving stem cell research. Mr. Wallace informed his grandson that he would have an opportunity to help find a cure for himself and his fellow "Muscle Champions". Josh heroically agreed to partake in the trial to become a hero for his fellow "Muscle Champions" in need.

Unfortunately, another obstacle was presented after the trial. Just four weeks ago, Josh was dismissed from the trial. Mr. Wallace seemed to notice a lack of positive results from the trial, which involved one year of numerous tests and procedures. A constant demand to overcome the obstacles presented in living with muscle disease is very difficult; especially, when a family fails to see progress. Nonetheless, Mr. Wallace, Josh, Colton, and their mother, Erica, lead a life full of love, faith, and hope for Josh and Colton, and the University of Maryland Terrapins plan to add strength and support to this wonderful family!

The Terrapins plan to "Pin Muscle Disease" to exemplify the superhero strength Josh and Colton portray everyday in living with duchenne muscular dystrophy. If you would like to contribute to University of Maryland's efforts in helping "Pin Muscle Disease" visit their official "Pin Muscle Disease" page by clicking here!

                                       2015 University of Maryland Wrestling Team

                                       2015 University of Maryland Wrestling Team