TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug. 5, Florida State University head football coach, Jimbo Fisher, announced the creation of the Kidz 1st Fund, established to help find a cure for Fanconi Anemia (FA), a rare and life-threatening disease that affects their 6-year-old son, Ethan. The disease, which is a rare blood disorder that affects about 1 in 300,000, mainly affects the bone marrow and eventually leads to bore marrow failure.
Ethan, who was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year, shows no outward signs of the illness at this time. “The kid is resilient and he’s amazing, said Fisher, “He’s the last kid you’d look at on the playground and think he’s sick. He goes and goes and goes and has showed no signs of being sick.” However, at some point in time, doctors say that Ethan’s bone marrow will stop making enough new blood cells for his body to continue working normally.
The fight is on.
With Fisher’s status in athletics, he hopes to bring more awarness to the disease and hopes to speed up the process in finding a cure. “We’re committed to finding a cure,” Fisher said during an interview with ESPN.com, “Anything can be cured and that’s our commitment. We’re going to find a cure. We’re on a quest to find a cure.”
Kudos to Coach Fisher for establishing a fund that will not only help in finding a cure for Ethan, but for many others as well. For the Coach’s leadership (as well as his wife Candi’s), The Good In Sports awards him with a Gold Star and pledges do all it can to help the cause. Good luck, Coach!
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