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I don’t hide my love of Florida State football (and all Seminole sports).  Never have, never will.  I’ve been a Nole fan since 1987, and saw them play in person for the first time in 1990 at the Blockbuster Bowl.

What does my love of the Noles have to do with autism?  Nothing at all.

As a Nole, and as a parent, I wanted to reach out to those that take the time to read what I write to tell you about another family. 

Coach Jimbo Fisher, FSU’s football coach, has a 6 year old son named Ethan.  Ethan has been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Fanconi anemia.  It affects approximately 1 in 300,000 children, and because it is so rare, research funds are limited.  At some point, Ethan will require a bone marrow transplant.

Coach Fisher and his wife have started a foundation to raise funds to further the research efforts to find a cure.  Please take a second to check out their Facebook page, Kidz 1st. 

This is bigger than any rivalry that takes place on the field.  This is about finding a cure for a blood disease that is very rare, and has potentially life-threatening implications.  The survival rate is about 80% for those afflicted.  If you can donate, great.  If you are not flush with extra money right now, you can still donate by joining the bone marrow registry.

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