Courtesy of Kidz 1st Fund:
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State head football coach Jimbo
Fisher and his wife Candi presented the second Kidz1stFund check in
only 19 months to Dr. John Wagner, M.D. and Dr. Margaret L. MacMillan, M.D.
co-directors of the Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive
Care Clinic at the University of Minnesota Monday
evening at a reception at the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
Kidz1stFund's donations to date toward Fanconi anemia research total $1
"FA is our opponent and we will do everything we
can to fight this disease head on," said Jimbo Fisher. "Candi and I knew from
the beginning we could make a difference by helping to raise awareness and fund
research. Through the generous donors of Kidz1stFund, these million dollars
will make a significant difference in the lives of FA patients."
The Fishers created Kidz1stFund after their
7-year old son, Ethan, was diagnosed with the rare blood disorder in 2011.
Fanconi anemia is a genetic disease which causes possible birth defects, bone
marrow failure and eventually leads to cancer years earlier than the general
population. Currently, there is no cure for FA, and yet the Fishers are
tirelessly working to help find that cure.
"The world's first successful cord blood
transplant was with an FA patient, and now there have been over 23,000 cord
blood transplant performed for a variety of diseases to date," said Dr.
MacMillan. "FA families like the Fishers continue to push for better treatments
for this terrible disease, and we hope to one day be able to find that elusive
cure for Ethan and the others with FA."
Kidz1stFund, under the direction of chairwoman,
Candi Fisher, made its first pledge of $500,000 in March of 2012 to the University
of Minnesota's Amplatz Children's Hospital, doubling the university's research
budget for Fanconi anemia.
"We chose the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's
Hospital because it treats more Fanconi anemia patients needing blood and marrow transplantation than
all other hospitals in the country combined," said Candi Fisher. "And because, most importantly, their team of
doctors gave us hope that a cure would be found."
Kidz1stFund: Jimbo & Candi Fisher's Kidz1stFund is
dedicated to raising awareness and research dollars for Fanconi anemia, the
rare disease that affects their younger son, Ethan. Dollars raised through generous donations,
online contributions, merchandise, and during special events go toward finding
better treatments and ultimately a cure for this life threatening disease.
To learn more about the fund and donate
to the cause, please visit www.Kidz1stFund.com.