FSU Football Players sign up to Be the Match

Patty Santos
August 26, 2011:

Tallahassee, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University football players signed up for the national bone marrow registry, Friday.

Team members say they wanted to help save someone’s life. Head coach Jimbo Fisher recently announced his son Ethan suffered from a rare blood disorder. His condition will likely require a bone marrow transplant in a few years.

There are currently about 10,000 people nationwide in need of a bone marrow match, according to Be The Match a national organization that helps find donors. Only about 5,300 will be able to find a match among the 9 million people registered.

Be The Match says it needs more minorities to sign up for the registry.

Football players hope to be a match for Ethan or anyone else in need.

Coming up on ABC27 News at 5 & 6, we’ll show you how easy the registering procedure can be.