This is a great and very heart-warming story. Florida State will wear these special decals on its helmets to raise awareness for Fanconi anemia, the disease that Ethan Fisher has.
The decal says “Kidz1stFund,” that’s the foundation that raises money and awareness for Fanconi anemia. This foundation was started by Jimbo and his wife Candi.
The disease affects more than 130,000 people each year. Surprisingly, Virginia’s head coach, Mike London, also has a son that has Fanconi anemia. According to Kidz1stFund’s website, two coaches each having a son with the disease is one in 990 billion.
“Sharing the sidelines and bringing awareness to Fanconi anemia with Coach London is an honor,” Fisher said in a statement. “At the end of the day, there is nothing more important than family, and Coach and I are fighting for much more than a football victory during this game.”
Here’s the medical definition from Kidz1stFund:
“People with FA can have a variety of health issues including shortness, dark and light areas of skin, abnormalities of the arms and hands, kidney problems, heart defects, hearing problems and others. Some people with FA have no physical findings, but nearly all people will have a decline in their blood counts over time, eventually leading to bone marrow failure.
While the average life expectancy for a patient with FA is 29 years, an increasing number of patients are living into their 30s and beyond.”
If you are interested in donating to Jimbo Fisher’s charity, click here.