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Believe...Pick a stronger word than Hope...Cure.

ALS..."the good fight"...WarOnALS..."Must be strong for one another", Jon.

Jon Blais: challenged ALS, raged against the dying of the light.

"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.", in ALS...."the good fight" -Baron de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games

With all the courageous overcomers who have been drawn to Ironman Hawaii, none have exemplified those words better than the Blazeman. Diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child, his principal advised him to pack it in and attend a trade school. Instead, Blais attended Rhode Island College and became a special education teacher to help kids like himself. In 1995, he moved to triathlon mecca San Diego and took a job working with children with emotional problems. Diagnosed in 2005 with inevitably fatal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease - he refused to surrender to the neuro-degenerative muscle wasting disease and managed to finish all 140.6 miles of the 2005 Ironman, beating the odds and fighting an arm and a leg that barely functioned. With half an hour to spare, he did his patented Blazeman log roll across the finish line. Jon Blais died of ALS on May 25, 2007, but his spirit lives on as countless men and women now finish Kona doing the Blazeman roll..."a roll for awareness...research...treatment and a cure."...words added by bdad, thank you Tim.

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Comment by blazedad on February 21, 2018 at 12:19pm

Thank you Thomas...Mary Ann and I so appreciate the kind words and the "remembrance" of (Ironman's-Braveheart)...2005, was the 1st battle of the WarOnALS..."his good fight" special that you were able to share that "fight" with the (alswarriorpoet)...he continues the "good fight" as a (poet spirit)...especially through athletes such as yourself who remember his battle and share that experience...G-D bless, for "the-blazeman"...his dad.   FREEDOM!!!

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