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10-Year Old with Muscular Dystrophy Visits Flames Football Team

September 30, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty head coach Turner Gill wore the Coach to Cure MD patch during Saturday's game against Kentucky Wesleyan.

The Liberty Flames football team welcomed a special guest to its walk-through practice on Friday night at Williams Stadium. Westley Groseclose, a fourth grader from Powhatan, Va., joined the Flames as they made final preparations for Saturday's contest against Kentucky Wesleyan.

Groseclose suffers from Duchenne, a form of muscular dystrophy, which makes it very difficult for him to walk and will make him immobile within years. Coach to Cure MD, an organization which matches young boys who suffer from muscular dystrophy with college teams from across the nation, set up Groseclose with the tour of the Flames' facilities.

Groseclose was given a tour of the locker room, weight room and had an opportunity to meet Liberty head coach Turner Gill and members of the team. As the team gathered for a huddle, Groseclose was called into the center where Gill presented him with his very own personalized jersey.

On Saturday, thousands of college football coaches from across the nation joined together in support of the Coach to Cure MD program. The coaches wore a special patch with the organization's logo on it and college football fans were encouraged to donate to help fund research efforts to find a cure for Duchene muscular dystrophy. The event, which celebrated its sixth-year on Saturday, has raised over one million dollars to battle the disease. 

For a more in-depth look at Groseclose's evening with the Flames, check out WSET's video recap by clicking here.