Jimbo Fisher’s son, Ethan, donates hair to Locks of Love – Orlando Sentinel
Jimbo and Candi Fisher knew their youngest son, Ethan, wanted to grow his hair for an extended period of time, but they never knew when he would be ready part ways with it.
After all, Ethan’s hair, which grew to about 15 inches long, became synonymous with his appearance to many who know the 12-year-old in the Florida State football program and around town.
But on Tuesday, Ethan finally decided to get a haircut, chopping off about 14 inches of his hair to donate to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to children dealing with long-term medical hair loss in the United States and Canada.
“He’s growing up, and he wanted to give back,” Candi said. “And it was important to him that it would go to an organization that serves children.”
Ethan Fisher’s hair was inspired by his older brother Trey, 16, who started to grow his hair before Florida State’s 2013 season.
Trey was supposed to cut his hair around the second or third week of the season, but decided not to for superstitious reasons that came to fruition.
The Seminoles won the national title, Jimbo’s first as a head coach, at the end of 2013 season, and eventually won 29 consecutive games that ended in the 2014 Rose Bowl game, one shy of returning to the national title game.
“Well, we didn’t lose for about 2 and a half years,” Jimbo Fisher said with a laugh.
Naturally, Ethan wanted to outdo his brother’s hair feat. He even grew it longer than his mother’s, too. But the end goal was always apparent for Ethan, who is living with Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder that affects bone marrow with high risks for leukemia and other cancers and other physical changes.
“He always wanting to help somebody and look out for somebody,” Jimbo Fisher said. “He’s very unique that way, and it makes me proud.”
Candi Fisher recalled asking Ethan last summer if he was ever going to cut it, to which Ethan responded he wanted to grow it for another year before cutting and donating it.
At first, she was skeptical of Ethan’s motives.
“I thought in the back of my mind he’s probably using that as a little bit of an excuse so we won’t keep on him about cutting his hair,” she said. “And then it got to the point where he became his signature.
“So I was actually surprised when he said [Tuesday], ‘I’m ready to do it.’”
She called Ethan’s longtime hairstylist Lindsey Callaghan on Tuesday, hoping to schedule an appointment for Wednesday. But Ethan would not have that extra day to have enjoy his long, blonde glory or have second thoughts. Callaghan was going out of the town Wednesday so Ethan had to part ways with his hair shortly after making his decision.
“He followed through with it. I thought he might have backed out, but he did not,” Candi Fisher said. “And he’s really happy. As soon as he got it finished, he said, ‘I’m glad I did that.”
With his hair short again for the first time in roughly two years, both parents expect haircuts to become a regular occurrence once again for Ethan — unless he is just as superstitious as his brother. FSU begins the 2017 campaign against Alabama in Atlanta on Sept. 2, with hopes of winning a national championship this season.
“He’s energetic, wild, but at the same time, he’s so kind-hearted in the end,” Jimbo Fisher said. “Ethan, he’s just unique in that way.”