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September 12, 2013

FSU, Kidz1stFund Still Fighting Fancomi Anemia

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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Trio of Former-Seminoles Nominated for NFL Hall of Fame


Today the NFL Hall of Fame announced its list of nominees for its 2014 class and among them were four former Florida State Seminoles. 

Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Walter Jones are all listed on the ballot in their very first year of eligibility. All three were standouts in their time at FSU. 

Brooks was a two-time NCAA Consensus All-American who went on to play his entire NFL career for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There he was a nine-time All-Pro who helped lead the Bucs to the first and only Superbowl championship in franchise history.

Warrick Dunn is Florida State's all-time leading rusher and one of the most beloved Seminoles in the program's history. He went on to play for over a decade in the NFL for both the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he ran for over 10,000 yards in his career and was voted the Walter Payton man of the year in 2004 for his philanthropic work away from football.

Walter Jones played just one year at Florida State but is likely to go down as the greatest offensive lineman the program has ever produced. A seven-time All-Pro, Jones played his entire career in Seattle and quickly became known as one of - if not the - top left tackles in all of football. 

All three were featured this summer in the Miami Herald's countdown of the Top 25 Florida State Seminoles of All-Time. 

The list will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November, then down to 15 finalists in January. The official class will be announced February 1st, 2014. Jones and Brooks are both likely to be first ballot selections.


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