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April Hartsook
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  • Kernersville, NC
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Why did you become a Blazeman Warrior?
A Blazeman Warrior is not made but BORN...evolving from the spirit within to bring LIGHT to the darkness of the WAR ON ALS...The battlefield I have chosen is IRONMAN...the WAR is ALS...and the CURE is YOU AND ME!~ Raising money to share Jon's vision of a CURE...remembering Jon and my beautiful friend Rosemary Craig, who both lost their battle to this deadly disease! I RACE BECAUSE I CAN and they CANNOT! JOIN ME IN THE the Blazeman Warrior Princess April

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"April Hartsook: ALS Warrior"

These days, it's not unusual for an athlete to dedicate a special game to someone who has passed away. For years, triathletes April Hartsook and her pal Karen Kelly have competed in Ironman competitions around the world, raising awareness and funding for research to find a cure in the WAR ON ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In honor of their friends Jon Blais & Rosemary Craig, and in memory of Karen's Mother, all who died… Continue

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:35pm



In 2007, I became an Ironman to raise awareness and research dollars for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS. I did it in memory of my mother who died of ALS in 1990, and I had the privilege to wear #179 in Kona to honor Jon Blais. Less than 5 years later, I was diagnosed with ALS. I am honored that April Hartsook is continuing the fight for those of us now fighting for our lives. Please watch April's video, vote to enable her to take our cause back to its deep Kona… Continue

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:14pm

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At 6:59pm on September 25, 2013, blazedad said…
I AM TRULY WITNESSING THE POWER OF SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ON EARTH! ~ I am SO PROUD TO CALL EACH OF YOU MY FRIEND! ~ 2 WEEKS FROM TODAY I leave for KONA...Gary and I will spread the "ashes" of my friend Karen ...and I HAVE ONE GOAL...JUST ONE .....I am going to RAISE.$1,400.00 in honor of (alswarriorpoet-spirit) and Blazeman Warrior Karen Kelly... I NEED YOUR HELP in the WAR ON ALS....($500 has been raised in just 2 hours)...I am looking for HONORARY ALS BLAZEMAN WARRIORS TO JOIN IN BATTLE...My plan is to raise $100 a day for the next 14 the end of each day whatever is donated I will ensure it reaches $100 by making up the difference.....I love EACH and everyone of you. ..I am honored to be your friend and grateful to walk this walk with you....Please do not DONATE out of guilt...DONATE to help raise funds "so others may live" help find a CURE...I LOVED KAREN and I am SO DAMN TIRED of losing friends to this "hideous disease"....join me, let us find a "cure"...MUCH LOVE APRIL.
At 9:21pm on May 3, 2013, Denise Cassella said…

Hi April!  Voted and shared on Facebook!  Good luck in Kona!  I'll be following you!

God Speed!

At 5:56am on June 17, 2011, David Rankin said…
April, I am doing Muncie 70.3 next month!  Look forward to seeing you there!
At 10:18pm on June 15, 2011, Kevin Brooks said…
Thank you so much for the add. Looks like familiar territory in your photos there. I'm racing it again this year. Did my first in 09. Are you racing here in Louisville this year?
At 12:32pm on July 28, 2009, blazedad said…
Hello my "warrior princess"...welcome to "team blazeman"...thank you for all do, you are a "constant warrior"...thank you for being part of the War On ALS..."so others may live".
At 4:34pm on July 21, 2009, Joel Haugen said…
Thanks April. I've sent an e-mail to Bob and Mary Ann to see if they can forward on. Think this would be a great resource for us to connect with other Warriors.

God Bless,

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