COLUMBUS, Ohio – This is the weekend in college football when every coach is on the same team. For the 10th consecutive year, college coaches nationwide will join in support of the Coach To Cure MD program to raise awareness and funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Football fans at the games will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
Ohio State’s football coaches and support personnel will wear Coach To Cure MD patches on their shirts and pullovers Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium when the Buckeyes take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
In addition, the football program will continue its tradition of raising funds in the name of Jacob Jarvis, the local 17-year-old high school junior who has been an inspiration to the team since first meeting coach Urban Meyer back in the summer of 2013.
Football fans can help support the fight to end Duchenne by either going online to CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation in honor of this year’s anniversary.
Jacob, as well as his little brother, Noah Studebaker, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the genetic disorder that results in muscle degeneration and unfortunately has no cure as of now.
The diagnosis hasn’t affected the profound impact that Jacob has had on the Buckeyes. He gives the team spirit. He gives them hope. And he gives them confidence to succeed … every time they see him. At games. In the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Or at practice, which he regularly attends with his step-father, Chad Studebaker, and/or his mother, Traci Studebaker, and brother Noah.
“When he comes into a room, it gives you a little perspective on your life,” Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has said. “He brightens up everybody each and every time he comes around us. He’s a Buckeye and just a kid that loves Ohio State and the people around Ohio State.”
Current Denver Bronco Jeff Heuerman is extremely close to Jacob.
“I think part of him was put here to change our lives … to change this football team and this coaching staff,” Heuerman said in 2014 just before the Buckeyes defeated Oregon to win the first College Football Playoff national championship.
“I’m thankful for the time I’ve had with him.”
“I love him,” Meyer has said. “I feel good when I see him. He’s like seeing my son. And he’s part of the team now.”
Simply stated, the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State wouldn’t be the Urban Meyer era without Jacob Jarvis in it. He’s truly a special young person who has impacted a tremendous amount of student-athletes, coaches and representatives of this program. That’s why for the past three years the program has raised more than $10,000 each year to give to Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the name of Jacob Jarvis.
The program will do it again this week.