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Kidz1stFund supports new research aimed at preventing deadly infections in patients undergoing blood and marrow transplantation

​Kidz1stFund has now donated more than $2 million to support University of Minnesota Health research and innovation.
Jimbo and Cindy Fisher founded the Kidz1stFund after their son, Ethan, was diagnosed with Fanconi anemia. Pictured from left: John Wagner, M.D.; Margy MacMillan, M.D.; Michael Verneris; Jimbo Fisher; Cindy Fisher; Heather Zierhut; and Mark Osborn, M.D.

The Kidz1stFund has been a generous supporter of research related to Fanconi anemia and blood and marrow transplantation—donating more than $2 million to support the work of researchers at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

The Kidz1stFund most recently donated $360,000 for a new device that allows researchers to isolate cells capable of recognizing—and eradicating—viruses that can cause life-threatening illnesses in people undergoing blood and marrow transplantation.

As part of a clinical study, our researchers will be examining whether it is possible to treat or prevent viral infections in patients undergoing transplantation using these “fighter cells.”

Thank you to the Kidz1stFund for supporting our life-saving work!

Learn more about the Kidz1stFund on their website. And visit our website to discover University of Minnesota Health services and research related to Fanconia anemia and blood and marrow transplantation.