AmeriLife Donates $25,000 for Bone Marrow Research: Contribution to Advance Search for Cure for Football Coach’s Son’s Disease

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AmeriLife proudly donated $25,000 to the Kidz 1st Fund, a research project established by Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife as they search for a cure for Fanconi anemia. The coach's 6-year old son is fighting the disease and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

AmeriLife Group, LLC owner, CEO and President Timothy North travelled to Tallahassee today to donate $25,000 to the Kidz 1st Fund, a research project established by Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, raising money to find a cure for Fanconi anemia. The Fishers' son, Ethan, 6, is fighting Fanconi anemia, a genetic disorder that stunts the body's production of bone marrow, and Ethan will need a bone marrow transplant.

“From the Seminoles’ football team volunteering to be tested (via cheek swabs) to see if they’re a potential match for Ethan, to businesses such as AmeriLife - which are in a position to contribute to this cause - people from around the country are rallying to support Ethan,” Mr. North said, before leaving for the capitol. “Children shouldn’t have to battle such diseases, and we’re hoping to advance research for a cure, a cure we hope will come sooner than later.”

Statistically, Fanconi anemia affects about 1 in 131,000 people, and for every 38,000 people tested, perhaps one could be the ideal match as a bone marrow doner for Ethan. According to researchers, even if, for instance, one of the Seminoles’ football players isn’t a match for Ethan, he may be able to help someone else with the affliction.

Kidz 1st Fund is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity, providing support to families, as well as education and awareness of the disease. Additional information about the fund and research into Fanconi anemia may be found at http://www.kidz1stfund.com.

For additional information on AmeriLife or Timothy North’s contribution to the Kidz 1st Fund, please contact Public Communications Director Wayne Shelor at 727-726-0726 or by e-mail at wshelor(at)amerilife(dot)com.

AmeriLife Group, LLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides senior-focused life and health insurance products and services in the United States. It offers a health and financial protection kit consisting of health and dental insurance, Medicare Supplements and Advantage plans, prescription drug plans, fixed and equity indexed annuities, as well as life, final expense and long-term care insurance for senior Americans. AmeriLife operates a network of Medicare-preferred provider organizations and markets homeowner, automobile, unit owner, watercraft and liability insurance products of various companies. Founded in 1971 and based in Clearwater, Florida, AmeriLife also provides third-party administration services such as compliance, policyholder, premium billing, claims and underwriting services.

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