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Fight for a Cure 5K Run

Florida State's head football coach, Jimbo Fisher is used to fighting for a win.

But today the FSU community fought on behalf of him.

They fought to find a cure for a rare disease that his son suffers from.

Candi and Jimbo Fisher's eight year old son, Ethan was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia three years ago.

"It's a blood disease. It's a bone marrow failure disease and it's a cancer prone disease," Candi Fisher said.

After accepting the news, the couple created Kidz1stFund, an organization that promotes FA research.

"I didn't want any other parents to go through what we went through, the fear of the unknown," Fisher said.

Today nearly 300 runners joined the cause by participating in FSU Law School's Phi Delta Phi's, 3rd Annual Fight for a Cure 5K Run.

"Jimbo and Candi just do so much for the community as a whole that everybody is just above and beyond willing to come out and lend a hand," Brittany Fox, Race Director said.

Kidz1stFund donates directly to the University of Minnesota's Amplatz Children's Hospital.

It's one of the leaders in FA research.

"We've doubled the operating budget for the Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Care Unit at the University of Minnesota three years straight," Fisher said.

People with FA have an average life expectancy of thirty years.

Doctors told the Fisher's that Ethan would need a bone marrow transplant by now, but so far he hasn't had to undergo the procedure.

"I know that that's God giving us the time to make a difference in this disease, for him and everybody else," Fisher said.

With the help of KRunners, a charity race organization, nearly $10,000 was raised today.


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