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FSU Athletes Join National Registry


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. 8-23-13

Before today's luncheon, many of the Seminoles took time to add their names to the national bone marrow registry.

These Seminoles weren't signing autographs Friday morning. They were signing up for the national bone marrow registry.

"These are life-saving drives," said Gordon Small who helped the athletes sign-up during the drive.

Small says last year 10,000 people were on a waiting-list for a marrow donation. Only 5,8000 received a donor. Athletes from the football, baseball, volleyball and other teams at FSU all took turns getting tested; by swabbing the inside of their cheeks.

"It's not invasive," said Candi Fisher. "There aren't any needles involved. It doesn't hurt. It's very simple to do."

For head coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife Candi, this issues hits close to home. Their son Ethan has Fanconi Anemia and relies on marrow transplants.

"This is about all the young men and women out there who cannot have a platform to be able to get this done that we can help everyone out there who has these needs," said Coach Fisher.

"We're honored that the students have just taken such an interest and make this cause their cause," added Candi.


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