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IRONMAN Hawai 2006

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Comment by blazedad on January 6, 2016 at 5:08pm

Jon Blais: Upon being diagnosed with ALS in May 2005, Jon had two choices - either lie down and die or go out fighting…he decided to go out blazing a trail for the war on ALS, garnering international recognition for his efforts. 

As an avid triathlete, a life long dream was to compete in Ironman. NBC Sport made this dream a reality by sponsoring him in the Fall of '05. Blais became the first person with ALS to start and finish Ironman Hawaii. He "log rolled" across the finish line, which has since become a symbol to countless triathletes who have become known as, Team Blazeman, committed to keeping the movement alive. this along and invite others! 

Comment by blazedad on November 14, 2015 at 8:27pm
Today, the IMWC was was the 10th year sice Jon fought his "WAR", on the "Big Island"...below are his words and thoughts...
"If you want to do it for a cause bigger than yourself, then we can do something the world can hear. Even if I have to be rolled across the Ironman finish line, I'm finishing."...and he did...join Jon, and "fight the good fight"...let's make a difference, "so others may live"...thank you, for the -blazeman, his mom and dad.
Comment by blazedad on November 8, 2015 at 7:24pm
"when the cause, (whatever it be) is bigger than the self, you are a true Blazeman Warrior...", Jon, "the -blazeman", an (alswarriorpoet-spirit)...FREEDOM!!!!
Comment by blazedad on October 29, 2015 at 6:19pm

"Athletes' roll" for...(awareness and a cure), capturing the -blazeman's spirit by "fighting the good fight" believing we can do more...and someday we will hear the words never spoken, "I Am An ALS Survivor" will be because so many have a "cause" bigger than the self..."that others may live"...G-D bless and thank you all...FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your friend, "the-blazeman", (alswarriorpoet-spirit)...and the (poets)...their families and friends.

Comment by blazedad on April 18, 2015 at 11:06am

Thank you all...your "warrior efforts" are the key...Please let us begin by saying...those of us who know and have been personally touched by this disease, ALS... know we can never steady the un-rest of those who will follow...what we can and must do is be strong for one another, believe that one day we will have a we share the belief of..."FREEDOM"...(from ALS)...G-D bless and thank you...-blazeman, (alswarriorpoet-spirit), and his mom and dad.

Comment by blazedad on August 8, 2014 at 3:53pm
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Comment by blazedad on July 9, 2014 at 3:28pm
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." -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 2004 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 in May 2007, but his spirit lives on as countless men and women now finish Kona doing the Blazeman roll.
Comment by blazedad on July 9, 2014 at 3:16pm

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