Sept. 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Following in the footsteps of the Florida State football team, the Seminole women’s basketball program took part in a bone marrow drive for “Be The Match” on Tuesday afternoon at the Basketball Training Center.
Players, coaches and support staff signed consent forms and had their cheeks swabbed for saliva samples in the hopes they might be a match for a bone marrow transplant for someone in need.
Gordon and Sharron Small registered the Seminoles, just a few weeks after signing up the football team in late August.
After seeing the football team’s involvement, the women’s basketball players asked if they could register, too.
“As soon as they saw that football did it, a lot of the players came forward and said they wanted to do it, too,” FSU women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau said. “It was great today. It was volunteer, but every player showed up. It just shows the Seminole spirit.”
Semrau said it’s important to support football coach Jimbo Fisher because Florida State is a family. In August, Fisher and his wife, Candi, announced their youngest son, Ethan, is afflicted with Fanconi anemia, a disease that can lead to bone marrow failure.
“We want to help in any way we can,” Semrau said. “We want to see as a Seminole family if we can come through and be a match.”
“Be The Match” has plans to be on campus again later this month. To register for bone marrow testing or to learn more about the program click here.
The Fishers have created Kidz 1st Fund, a foundation to raise awareness and research funds to find a cure for Fanconi anemia. For information visit www.kidz1stfund.com.