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Blazeman Foundation for ALS

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May 24, 2016

Once again I have been given the honor to wear race bib # 179.  Once again peeps I am fundraising for ALS.  If you do not know the story of  See more

BENEFITING: Blazeman Foundation for ALS

EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2016

Hai-Ping Hwang-Twigg

THE STORY:

I am fundraising for the Blazeman Foundation. The goals of the foundation are to raise awareness about ALS by leveraging the energy, commitment and compassion of the multi-sport community and 2) to raise necessary funds to be directed into cutting-edge scientific research to find treatments and an eventual cure for ALS…“So Others May Live®“. As many of you know ALS has effected several of my friends. I am very passionate about this. I have the honor of wearing race number 179 at Ironman Maryland 2016, which was Jon Blais' number when he became the first person with ALS to complete an Ironman race. I humbly request your consideration for a donation. Below is the story of Jon Blais: The story of Jon Blais; given a death sentence in the form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) in May of 2005, at the age of 33, Jon accepted his diagnosis and decided to do incredible things with it. He began waging a War on ALS® from the beginning. This was his way of dealing with it; this is how he lived out his days... fighting for research and raising awareness. Focusing his energy on helping kids who were emotionally challenged and learning-disabled, Jon became a teacher at the Aseltine School. This is also where he became better known as "The Blazeman." Competing in triathlons for 20 years, Jon always wanted to compete in an IRONMAN - especially in Hawaii. On October 15, 2005, only 5 months after being diagnosed, Jon became the only individual with ALS to complete an IRONMAN, finishing in 16:28:56. He crossed the finish line by log-rolling over it, and since then, the "log roll" has been graciously performed by countless athletes as a symbol of hope, and more importantly, as a means of raising awareness for ALS. Jon’s impact on the sport of triathlon is one that many will never forget. In February 2007, Jon was awarded the Competitor of the Year award at the Endurance Sport Awards ceremony. Two months later, the NBC broadcast of the 2006 Ford IRONMAN World Championship won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Edited Sports Special, of which Peter Henning dedicated to Jon. Less than one month after Jon’s passing, the World Triathlon Corporation announced a new initiative where all domestic IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, and IronGirl events will reserve race number 179, Jon’s Kona number, for a special athlete, a first in the world of triathlons. Since then, many warriors have requested number 179 at various sporting events throughout the country. Jon always believed in ending your story with a quote. Others have already said it best, so it's better to remember those and go out strong. So here goes… “The meaning of life is to live life”...

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  • D'Anna Family

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  • Mary robbins

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  • Katie Merx

     

  • Zach Vine

    $20

  • Amy Sparks - Souhegan Girls Soccer

    $100

  • J Richarz (Jenara Hare)

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  • Dr. Moe Foe

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Donor Comments

Dr. Moe Foe

Dr. Moe Foe

DONATION: $55

Kick ass 12 months ago

J Richarz (Jenara Hare)

J Richarz (Jenara Hare)

DONATION: $25

In memory of Jenara Hare 1 year ago

Amy Sparks - Souhegan Girls Soccer

Amy Sparks - Souhegan Girls Soccer

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Zach Vine

Zach Vine

DONATION: $20

1 year ago

Katie Merx

Katie Merx

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Mary robbins

Mary robbins

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

D'Anna Family

D'Anna Family

DONATION: $25

In memory of Uncle Kyle 1 year ago