Four years ago, Western Michigan assistant coach Rob Facca's son Louie was diagnosed with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal degenerative disease. Since then, the Facca family has been at the forefront of raising awareness, and raising money to help search for a cure to the disease. David Drew of the Kalamazoo Gazette wrote an amazing piece on the Facca family last year that is definitely worth a read.
This weekend, Western Michigan will host their annual Ice Duchenne weekend to help raise money in search of a cure. Those that wish to help find a cure for DMD will be able to make donations at this weekend's games between Western Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha, or can do so online via this link. Donations of $500 or more will receive a Detroit Red Wings jersey autographed by Danny DeKeyser.
In addition to this weekend's charge to end DMD, Louie Facca's grandpa Bob will walking 2500 miles from Quebec City to Winnipeg this May in hopes of raising awareness and spurring on further research into the disease.
Also this weekend, all eight NCHC teams will wear a special helmet sticker in support of the Facca family, and Grandpa Bob's walk across Canada.