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Seminoles Get ‘Swabbed’ For Bone Marrow Testing

Aug. 26, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football program took time out from its busy fall-camp schedule Friday morning to get “swabbed” at the Moore Athletics Center inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

The players, coaches and support staff took part in a bone marrow drive for “Be The Match.” Before attending the 60th annual kickoff luncheon across campus at the Donald L. Tucker Center, the Seminoles signed a consent form and swabbed the inside of their cheeks to see if they might be a match for a possible bone marrow transplant for the 10,000 people in this country currently in need of one.

Brandon Mellor
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Raising awareness for bone marrow testing is a subject of particular interest for the FSU athletics department.

Earlier this month, football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, announced that their youngest son, Ethan, is afflicted with a condition known as Fanconi anemia. The hereditary anemia is a blood disorder that can affect all systems of the body and leads to bone marrow failure.

“We are a family here so anything to help Coach Fisher and his son out,” FSU senior offensive tackle Andrew Datko said. “Also we found out that we can help other people along the way. So it’s just a good thing.”

In addition to encouraging everyone to participate in bone marrow testing, the Fishers have created the Kidz 1st Fund, which raises awareness and research funds to find a cure for Fanconi Anemia.

For information on the Kidz 1st Fund, click here. And to register for bone marrow testing through Be The Match, click here.

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