Updated By: Julie Montanaro
April 3, 2014, 6pm
The Kidz 1st Fund has raised nearly two million dollars for Fanconi Anemia research, in just two years.
That announcement came at a rally at Florida State today - as Coach Bobby Bowden called on 'Noles to move that ball even further down the field.
Fans lined up for a chance to get an autograph - or a picture - or both with legendary FSU football Coach Bobby Bowden.
"It was such an honor, I just - whoo - I never get star struck before," said Acoreous Lewis, Nole fan.
"It's great that he still comes to the community and helps out," said Kathryn Goldstein, Nole fan.
"What can you do? I mean, here we have a young man who needs help, for a cause that needs help..."said Bobby Bowden.
Coach Bowden headlined a rally at FSU Thursday encouraging Seminole fans - and everyone else - to support the Kids 1st Fund.
A fund started by his successor Coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife Candi to help their son Ethan and others - who've been diagnosed with a rare disease called Fanconi Anemia.
"And when you think of the situation with Ethan, it shows you just how unimportant everything else is," said Bowden.
Mrs. Fisher announced the fund started at her dining room table has raised 1.8 million so far.
"...and after Ethan was diagnosed, I had to make sense of this somehow, it was our responsibility, to do something with this and to bring awareness to this disease," said Candi Fisher, Kidz 1st Fund.
The rally comes just days before the Fight for a Cure 5K. Coach Bowden encouraged folks to run, donate or pray for a cure ... that last one, he said, is always free.
The 5K is this Saturday. It starts at 9:15 am at the Unconquered statue and winds through campus.
The race emcee is 1999 championship 'Nole Peter Warrick.
Folks will also have a chance to do a quick cheek swab - to join the bone marrow donor registry.
By WCTV Eyewitness News Web Staff
April 3, 2014
Tallahassee, Fla. -- Legendary Florida State Football Coach, Bobby Bowden, was at Oglesby Union this morning in support of a noble cause.
Coach Bowden spoke in front of a crowd at 9:30 a.m. to help rally for a cure against fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure.
Coach Bowden also invited onlookers to participate in the "fight for a cure 5k run," and stuck around to sign autographs and snap photos afterwards.
WCTV had a reporter at the rally, and will bring you much more on this story tonight on WCTV Eyewitness News.