By: Joe Hellriegel
April 2, 2014, 6pm
FSU Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher is battling for more than just another National Championship.
He is battling for a cure for Fanconi Anemia. His youngest son Ethan is diagnosed with it.
This weekend there will be a 5K run to benefit the "Kidz First Fund".
It's the third annual 5K run that takes place this Saturday.
WCTV: "Coach, what does this event mean to you and your family?"
Fisher: "It’s a tremendous outpouring of caring from everyone. It really humbles us; it really does… how much this whole area cares and is willing to help us and help our family with this fight for a cure.”
WCTV: "Bobby Bowden will host a rally tomorrow. What does it mean to have his support?"
Fisher: "Well, Coach Bowden and I go back a long way. He’s been not only a tremendous mentor, but a tremendous friend. I’ve been a friend of the family for a long time, and for him to come back… To me, it’s what Coach Bowden is. He’s always willing to help people. He’s one of the greatest men in the history of college football. He’s a great man and person, and it’s been an honor for him to be part of this."
WCTV: "For people who don't know about it, what is Fanconi Anemia?"
Fisher: "Fanconi Anemia is a very rare blood disorder. It’s inherited. And it eventually leads to bone marrow failure, and you have to have a bone marrow transplant… Now we’re fighting the longevity and all of the things that go along after that because there are other cancers that could come along later. But they’re even fighting those now, so it’s getting better and better… it’s not only given hope to Ethan, but it’s given hope to all the other children across the country that have this rare disease."
The 5K will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The 5K will begin and end at the Unconquered statue at Doak Campbell Stadium. The start time will be 9:15am.
Registration starts at 8am at Madison Social, or you can register online at active.com .