FSU coach Fisher asks for prayers for sick child

Published: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 12:49 a.m.

Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, asked Friday for prayers and support from Florida State football fans as their 5-year-old son Ethan copes with an undisclosed medical condition.

Fisher, a close friend of new UF coach Will Muschamp who is beginning his second year as FSU's head football coach, missed Tuesday's practice to take Ethan to an out-of-town doctor's appointment. Without saying what the results of that check-up were, the Fishers acknowledged that the younger of their two sons faces a challenging treatment program.

Ethan's medical condition may require Fisher to miss some practice time this spring. He shared the news about his son's condition with the FSU players Friday afternoon during a team meeting. As that meeting concluded, the Fishers released the following statement:

"Candi and I ask for your prayers as our family is dealing with a very personal matter concerning the health of our youngest child. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we deal with this as a family.

"We will rely on our faith, our immediate family as well as the entire Seminole family as we face these challenges in the coming months. With the right medical care and the proper optimistic approach, we are confident of positive results."

Shortly after issuing that statement, Fisher put his team through a two-hour, afternoon practice session. Though he spoke with reporters following practice, he asked that the questions be contained to football topics only.

Because of afternoon thunderstorms that forced cancellations on Wednesday and Thursday, Friday was the first day the Seminoles practiced since Fisher learned of Ethan's diagnosis.

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