Two weeks ago when Florida State played Pittsburgh in their season opener you may have noticed the blue "I Fight Fancomi" stickers on the back of both teams' helmets.
The stickers were originally suggested by Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst after he was personally touched by the story of young Logan Stevenson. Stevenson, just two years old, was diagnosed with Fancomi Anemia and lived long enough to serve as the best man at his parents' wedding before passing away on August 6th.
Chryst approached Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher - who founded the Kidz1stFund along with his wide Candi - at the ACC meetings and suggested the teams wear the stickers in support of Fisher's foundation for their September 2nd opener. So last Monday on national television both teams joined forces to help raise awareness about Fancomi Anemia.
“I thought it was a tremendous gesture by Coach Chryst and the University of Pittsburgh for suggesting that we wear the decal,” said Fisher before the game. “Candi and I and our foundation can’t be anymore thankful as this will continue to bring awareness for the fight against Fanconi anemia that affects many.
"I can’t thank the University of Pittsburgh enough for such a great idea.”
The Kidz1stFund was created to help bring awareness and raise funds in support of Fanconi Anemia research. Fancomi Anemia, a serious (but rare) blood disease affects thousands of children every year. The Fishers founded the the Kidz1stFund after their youngest son Ethan was diagnosed with the disease back in 2011. Last year, in just its second year of existence the foundation raised over one million dollars.
Per the Kidz1stFund's website: "Kidz1stFund’s ultimate goal is not a dollar figure. It is a cure, so that Ethan and other kids with Fanconi anemia may lead full, happy lives. Together we can fight FA for the thousands affected by this disease. Through your gift to Kidz1stFund, we can all say “I FIGHT FANCONI.”
To contribute to the Kidz1stFund, click here: Join the Fight
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