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For ONE DAY ONLY, these generous local businesses have joined together to collectively donate a percentage of ALL sales towards fighting Fanconi anemia, a life-threatening blood disease that affects many children each year including FSU Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher and Candi Fisher’s son, Ethan.

This will take place – Friday, October 28th ALL DAY LONG!

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Major Donor for Kidz1stfund Receives Humanitarian Award

Jerry Haffey Sr., CEO and Founder of Ambrosia Treatment Center is the winner of the Humanitarian Award from the Harold and Carole Pump’s Cancer Foundation for his passionate and courageous work in the health field.

“Jerry became part of our network of reliable and generous friends two years ago,” expresses Dana Pump, Co-Founder the foundation. “Jerry has such a great passion for helping others and is a great friend. He has supported families who weren’t able to afford treatment, and as a result, he has given them more than just treatment. He has given them hope. Every worthy cause needs people like Jerry.”

A Passion for Ending Addiction

Jerry Haffey Sr

Jerry’s passion for compassion stems from his enduring desire to leave this world better than he found it.  Jerry began helping others working as a registered nurse in his native Philadelphia. Caring for the sick and wounded, he found reward in being connected to others on such an intimate basis.

While married with two children, Jerry made a pivotal decision that propelled him further into altruism. Illicit substances were grabbing hold of the inbound patients entering his hospital wing.  After witnessing many succumb to the exhaustive fight of addiction, he became  aware of the spreading epidemic. In fact, 23.5 million people over the age of 12 needed treatment for a drug or alcohol use, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  With a sincere desire to make a difference, Jerry relocated his family to South Florida and opened a small business to fight the crisis head-on.

Jerry’s business has become a nationwide drug and alcohol rehab refuge, awarding free scholarships to nearly 500 suffering addicts. Ambrosia Treatment Center started with 10 employees and 20 beds, but now has 5 locations in multiple states and over 225 employees.

“Jerry has assisted thousands of individuals afflicted with debilitating illnesses. He has helped bring back not only life but the quality of life for them and their families.” – Dr. Sal Raichbach, Chief Clinical Director at Ambrosia Treatment Center.

Most recently, Jerry launched an entire department dedicated to educating and supporting the loved ones affected by addiction.

In his own words, “I’ve seen the families in the waiting rooms of hospitals, stricken with grief, confusion and not knowing where to turn. The Wellness team helps better educate, support and guide these families. After all, addiction is truly a family disease, and a loved one’s healthy involvement in the process is proven to increase chances of lifelong recovery.”

A Passion for Getting Involved

Along with his business, Jerry’s network and compassion continued to grow. He knows how important it is to have support, guidance and positive influence whether battling addiction, rare diseases or even an underprivileged upbringing.

At a fundraising event, Jerry met Hall of Famer and University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach, John Calipari.  Jerry began to support Coach Cal’s non-profit efforts to enrich the lives of local, disadvantaged children.

“Jerry’s influence affects everyone who he comes to know. He always finds ways to selflessly do more for others.  I’m honored to call him a friend,” Coach Cal stated.

Jimbo Fisher, the award-winning head football coach at Florida State University, has also worked closely with Jerry.  His charity works to find a cure for the rare disease Fanconi Anemia. Without support from individual donors like Jerry, afflicted families would be left with little hope.

“Words cannot explain how thankful I am for Jerry’s generosity and commitment to Kidz1stFund,” comments Jimbo.“Jerry has joined in our pursuit for a cure as if it were his own child affected. He is a phenomenal person and humanitarian, as well as a great friend, and I am forever grateful to have him on our side.”

The Pump Foundation

Jerry partnered with brothers Dana and David Pump, Founders of the Harold and Carole Pump’s Cancer Foundation, in late 2013. The foundation was named after their father, who lost his battle to cancer, and their loving mother who followed shortly after. When their father only had six months to live, the brothers used their parent’s influence of giving back to the community as the spark that started their burning desire to help that has lasted fourteen years.

The non-profit charity is one of its kind, not only creating awareness for the treatment and cure of cancer but, most significantly, assisting patients and their families with payment for services and equipment. Dana and David founded the Harold and Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology in California’s Northridge Hospital, providing research and treatment for people afflicted with various types of carcinoma.

“I became friends with the Pump brothers after seeing their tremendous aspirations for cancer research.” Jerry Sr. confirms. “We share the same mutual interest in helping people who need it most. It gives us satisfaction in life.”

The brothers have gained supporters from sports leaders and A-list celebrities touched by the disease, such as actor Denzel Washington and basketball Hall of Famer Bob Knight. The foundation has raised more than $7 million for the development of cancer treatments, programs, and services. Jerry Haffey Sr. became one of the most notable and honorable contributors to the Pump Foundation, sponsoring events and creating philanthropic relationships of a lifetime.

“He’s contributed his time, energy and resources to support our cause and without him, our accomplishments wouldn’t be the same. Just as he supports our endeavors, we fully back Jerry in every possible way,” Dana states.

The award will formally be presented at the foundation’s 16th annual golf tournament and dinner on August 12th, 2016.

FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher son Ethan’s fight with Fanconi anemia


1 in 130K children are affected by Fanconi anemia worldwide. When Ethan Fisher was diagnosed, Florida State Seminoles Football Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and Candi Fisher’s response was to “attack it like it attacks us.” They began a journey to fight the battle by founding Kidz1stFund, but none of it would be possible without the amazing individuals determined to find a cure at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and the many donors and supporters that have joined the fight. We send a huge thank you to Tom D’Angelo and The Palm Beach Post for continuing to share our story. Read more about Ethan and his journey here:

FSU Marching Chiefs Honor Coach Fisher’s Fight

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While Florida State University Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher keeps Seminole Nation’s hopes high for another national championship this season, he continues to bring hope to another community – those living with Fanconi anemia (FA), a rare and incurable blood disorder affecting about 1 in 131,000 births annually, including his younger son, Ethan. Fisher doubled his goal by raising $3.5 million in four years through Kidz1stFund, the nonprofit he founded in 2011 to increase awareness and research funds for the deadly disease.

Kidz1stFund also champions bone marrow donor drives for supporters, including the FSU Marching Chiefs, and confirms three Chiefs have been identified as matches and will donate their stem cells to patients in need.

In true Seminole fashion, the three bone marrow donors and recent $700,000 donation that accomplished the $3.5 million financial milestone were celebrated in a big way. Not with a traditional check presentation, but with a memorable halftime performance by the Chiefs during today’s game against the University of South Florida.

The nationally acclaimed Chiefs brought fans to tears with their renditions of the theme song from Friends – “I’ll Be There For You” – and “Holding out for a Hero” while spanning the field with a “Kidz1st” formation.

“When I heard the Chiefs were planning a special show for Kidz1stFund, I was completely moved,” Fisher said. “Everything from the song selections to on-field formations brought awareness to FA and those who have personally fought for a cure, and I couldn’t be prouder or more appreciative as both FSU’s coach and the father of a child with the disease.”

The Chiefs have proven to be some of the biggest Kidz1stFund supporters. Knowing all FA patients will eventually require bone marrow transplants, more th

an 500 Chiefs have joined the Be The Match national registry in hopes of one day becoming a bone marrow donor.

The three Chiefs miraculously identified as a match include Breanna Amborn, Zachary Miller and Kyle Willard.

“As we race to find a cure for Fanconi anemia, I express my endless thanks to these three brave individuals and all who contribute to our effort in any way,” Fisher said.

Nearly 100 percent of FA patients need high-risk bone marrow transplants before adulthood, and even then, survivors have an average life expectancy of only 29 years old. Kidz1stFund continues to host bone marrow drives on a weekly basis and collect donations to fund research at th

e University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, the largest treatment center for FA patients in the country.

To make a contribution, become a donor or learn more about the fight against Fanconi anemia, visit

Additional media materials including fact sheets, interviews, b-roll and other visual assets may be obtained by contacting


One in 990 Billion Chance Two D1 Football Head Coaches Children Fighting Same Disease

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When reigning national champions Florida State University take on the University of Virginia, Nov. 8, the college head football coaches will be fighting for the same outcome – a cure. FSU’s Jimbo Fisher and UVA’s Mike London both have children battling Fanconi anemia (FA), a rare genetic blood disease leading to birth defects, bone marrow failure and cancer diagnoses. The odds of two head coaches having children with this disease are one in 990 billion.

The FSU Seminoles will take to the field in Tallahassee on Nov. 8 donning “I Fight Fanconi” Kidz1stFund decals on the backs of their helmets in support of nine-year-old Ethan Fisher, 18-year-old Ticynn London and all others living with FA.

Jimbo and his wife, Candi, founded and spearhead Kidz1stFund to raise awareness and treatment options for FA. In 2014 alone, Kidz1stFund raised over one million dollars to fund research at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, the largest treatment center for FA patients in the country, bringing the total of donations since inception in 2011 to $2.8 million dollars.

A special $1 million check presentation will be conducted after the third quarter of the FSU versus UVA football game marking the first time a check presentation has been given in Tallahassee. Dr. Margaret MacMillan, the lead researcher and co-director of the University of Minnesota Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Care Clinic will be there in support of this major financial accomplishment.

“Sharing the sidelines and bringing awareness to Fanconi anemia with Coach London is an honor,” said Coach Fisher. “At the end of the day, there is nothing more important than family, and Coach and I are fighting for much more than a football victory during this game.”

Ethan and Ticynn are two out of around 30 people annually affected by FA. Nearly 100 percent of patients need high-risk bone marrow transplants before adulthood, and even then, survivors have an average life expectancy of only 29 years old.

As with every home football game, Kidz1stFund will be hosting a bone marrow donor drive before kick-off on Langford Green. To date, at least five donors have been identified because of a Kidz1stFund donor drive and gone on to give their stem cells to save the lives of five patients’ fighting some type of blood cancer.

To make a contribution or learn more about the fight against Fanconi anemia, visit

Additional media materials including fact sheets, interviews, b-roll and other visual assets may be obtained on Contact for more information.