Believe...Pick a stronger word than Hope...Cure.
2005 IRONMAN feature about an athlete who competed with ALS. jon passed away two years later, may 2007.
producer: alex piper
DP: ken woo
editor: todd crites
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Jon Blais becomes the first athlete with ALS to finish this race. Finishing in a time of 16:28:56, he rolls across the finish line as a symbol of his fight against the disease. His famous "Blazeman roll" would go on to become a staple at IRONMAN finish lines all over the world in support of the battle against ALS.
He is believed to be the first person with ALS to attempt the Hawaii Ironman. As Blais put it, "Finishing the race is huge for me. No one is beating ALS. No one has done anything but walk away and die." His resolve to finish the race was unwavering as he stated, "Even if I have to be rolled across the finish line, I'm finishing." With a total time of 16:28:56, more than half an hour before the cutoff, he "log-rolled" across the finish line and is the first person with ALS to finish this race.
May 31st, last day of ALS Awareness month... Jon's (dx-5/2.05)...Jon's passing (5/27/07)...so much in (755.) days...10 yrs a (poet-spirit).
"the -blazeman" on Team Blazeman: http://teamblazeman.ning.com/video/jon-the-blazeman 2005 IRONMAN an athlete who competed with ALS, passed away 2 yrs later, 5/27/2007.
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