The Yale Women's field hockey team is once again on a quest to raise awareness about myotonic dystrophy, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, and much-needed research funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. Senior goalkeeper Ona McConnell, who is also an MDF Board member, was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy (DM) in 2009, and has been actively raising the profile of the disease and soliciting donations to help find treatments and a cure ever since. Click here to read about Ona's fundraising efforts via her participation in the Tough Mudder in May, 2012.
For the past three years Ona, her teammates and the entire Yale community have rallied around the annual campaign known as Get a Grip.
The goals of the Get a Grip campaign are simple:
- Raise awareness about myotonic dystrophy
- Fundraise for research and
- Support Ona and others living with this disorder.
You can help! Throughout the 2012 season, which begins Sunday, September 2, 2012 with the home opener against local rival Quinnipiac at Yale's Johnson Field, the team is accepting pledges for a Goal-a-thon, in which donations are pledged for each goal Yale scores for the season (the Bulldogs scored 69 last year, the most in school history).
This means that every goal that is scored this season brings us closer to treatments and a cure for myotonic dystrophy. The team raised more than $50,000 in 2010 and more than $40,000 in 2011. The goal for 2012 is an aggressive $50,000, and you can help them reach it!
Click here donate to the Yale Get a Grip efforts, and check this page often to track the Campaign's progress. To follow Yale's progress as they defend their Ivy League champions title, click here. Go Bulldogs!