Monday, May 28, 2007

Jon Blais 8/30/1971 - 5/27/2007

Jon "Blazeman" Blais, the first person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to complete an Ironman, has lost is battle with the disease.

His life, his passion for triathlon, and his mission to end ALS are tributes to all of those fighting for thier lives. Jon's works prove, indeed, that Anything is Possible.

13 comments:

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

Bigun and I watched him in Kona- we were amazed at how one competitor was throwing a hissy fit over a couple of flat tires( sure stakes were high, but come on) when Jon "Blazeman" was competing against such incredible odds. Too bad the poor sport at kona didn't take the time to count his blessings the way Jon did.

Brent Buckner said...

Thank you for passing along the harsh news.

21stCenturyMom said...

I'm sorry to hear that he died although I think ALS is a nasty, nasty disease to live with. He is a SuperPower of Inspiration and always will be. May his fans roll on and on and on.

Spokane Al said...

Sad but inevitable news. He inspired many of us and left his mark.

SixTwoThree said...

He was one brave soul. I won't forget him.

Kewl Nitrox said...

Thanks for passing on the news. And the inspiration.

Wendy said...

Very sad news.

greyhound said...

One part of me thinks how surprising it is to die within 18 months of competing at Kona, but then, none of us, no matter how fit, has a guarantee for tomorrow. Carpe diem.

Bigun said...

That's what gets me too - 18 months ago he completed an Ironman - that's just...too fast. He was and is an inspiration.

Andra Sue said...

Thanks for posting this. I was just thinking about him last week and wondering how he was doing, not being able to find any pertinent info on his website. John Blais was truly an inspiration to all of us...

kt said...

His story, race, and finish in Kona brought me to tears. To think of what he and his family have gone through tears at my heart. He continues to inspire.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

His story was inspiring. The end was too soon, but his memory lives on.

ironjenny said...

He was special. I will never forget him. I will pray for his parents' healing. What an incredible few years for them as well as for Jon himself.
Very sad news, Boomer, but thanks for sharing.
xoxo
Jenny