Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher celebrates with the Coaches Trophy after winning the 2014 BCS National Championship game against Auburn Tigers 34-31 at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Jimbo Fisher and the University of Minnesota teaming up to search for a cure


Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher celebrates after winning the 2014 BCS National Championship game against Auburn Tigers 34-31 at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

While it may be an unlikely bound on the gridiron, off the field, Seminoles’ head coach Jimbo Fisher and his family are on the same team as the University of Minnesota.

Fisher’s 8-year-old son, Ethan, who’s never far from his dad or Heisman winner Jameis Winston during a game, suffers from a rare and serious blood disease called Fanconi anemia. He visits the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital every three months to get his blood drawn from one of the leading hospitals in the search for a cure.

Since being diagnosed with FA, Fisher and his family have raised close to $2 million to fund research and have used their public status to raise awareness about Ethan’s condition — a genetic disease that affects one in 350,000 children.

This March will be three years since Ethan’s diagnosis, but he doesn’t understand the impact FA has on his life yet. He’s just a kid who does well in school, likes to play sports and hang out with his friends.

Read more about Ethan here.

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