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Jimbo and Candi Fisher hold press conference over Fanconi Anemia

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Earlier this week, it was announced that Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi Fisher, would be holding a press conference today to discuss the health of their six-year-old son, Ethan.

Unfortunately, the news was not good. The Fisher family revealed that Ethan has a rare disease called Fanconi Anemia, which affects only one in about 300,000 children.

According to University of Minnesota pediatrician Margaret L. MacMillan, who is working with the Fisher family directly, children who have Fanconi Anemia have an extraordinary high risk of cancer, including leukemia. Even with a bone marrow transplant, the threat of cancer still exists.

The average age of diagnosis for children with the disease is seven, and the average age of transplant is 11. Currently, Ethan isn’t undergoing any treatment, and likely won’t until the transplant is needed.

The press conference, as you could imagine, was very emotional, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking to see two parents dealing with the health of their son. The Fisher family has started a foundation — the Jimbo and Candi Fisher Kidz 1st Fund — to raise awareness and funding for Fanconi Anemia.

Of course, here’s the official website if you’d like to help out.

Or, you can go to to sign up to donate bone marrow.

Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with the Fisher family during this most difficult time.

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12 Responses to “Jimbo and Candi Fisher hold press conference over Fanconi Anemia”
  1. southernpatriots says: Aug 5, 2011 11:50 AM

    May God richly bless and strengthen Coach Jimbo and Candi Fisher during this season and those to come. May their charity, Kidz 1st Fund, be very successful in educating to this disease and provide assistance to the families which confront it.

    Advancements in treatment and prevention of Fanconi Anemia are greatly needed.

    Thank you again JT for the details and link.

  2. me6661973 says: Aug 5, 2011 12:02 PM

    War Eagle hope everything works out and son stays healthy fights a good fight.

  3. lakesidegator says: Aug 5, 2011 12:06 PM

    Very much, “Same here!”

  4. cubano76 says: Aug 5, 2011 12:55 PM

    So sad. Stay strong little guy, you have a lot of people praying for you and your family.

  5. Deb says: Aug 5, 2011 1:39 PM

    I can’t even fathom the pressure on Jimbo Fisher. Being the head coach of a Div I NCAA program is an incredibly stressful job for any man, especially one trying to raise a young family. Add to that the heartbreak of watching a young son struggle with such a tragic illness, knowing no significant treatment can be attempted for another five years. And to think his son would have to endure the rigors of a bone marrow transplant that wouldn’t even minimize his cancer risk. The whole thing is heartbreaking.

    I pray God will give Coach Fisher and his wife the strength they need to get through these difficult challenges. And please bless this child and keep him safe.

  6. grudenthediva says: Aug 5, 2011 6:59 PM

    Happy to see such classy responses so far.

    Whether you or yours bleed garnet and gold, orange and blue or otherwise, may you all never have to deal with such struggles.

  7. me6661973 says: Aug 5, 2011 7:53 PM

    There is a fine line to trash talking these are times you lay down your teams sprit and show your classy people and fan of the sport.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 5, 2011 8:14 PM

    I was at the hospital today visiting my cousin and had the chance to ask a nurse about this disease. My heart breaks for the Fisher family. They are in my prayers, especially Ethan.

  9. mempusa says: Aug 6, 2011 7:01 AM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Coach and his family. Its heartbreaking to know that little boy has such a mountain to climb.

    I have been a marrow donor for 6 years and all it takes is 2 min of your time to register. I joined through the Hendrick Marrow Foundation. All it takes is a cotton swab saliva sample and you’re done. If a match comes up, they’ll call you.

  10. parkcityute says: Aug 6, 2011 6:35 PM

    mempusa: I have given blood and plasma before on numerous occasions. I will check into this marrow donation. Thank you for encouraging me (and us all).

  11. waynefontes says: Aug 11, 2011 10:03 AM

    Doesn’t matter what team you pull for at times like this.

    Everyone should pull for Coach Fisher and his family. Best wishes for Ethan, hopefully such a platform can be used to help to wipe out this dreadful disease.

    1 in 300,000 is still 1 too many.

  12. southernpatriots says: Aug 11, 2011 11:29 AM

    waynefontes: Amen…and amen!

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