In a bid to help raise funds for research and a cure for ALS (see below), a whole bunch of athletes joined together to sing a song produced by Mark Mason from Ampage called Iron Blazeman. Chrissie Wellington, Andy Potts, Matt Redd, Marinda Carfrae, Joe Gambles and myslelf are just a few. The song is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com or wherever you buy your music online. 95% of the proceeds go to the Blazeman Foundation for ALS. To learn more about the song click here
On Feb 6, 2010 I took part in the annual ALS Spin-A-Thon to help raise money for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS. With the combined efforts of the Forward Motion Race Club and Sports Club San Ramon, California, we raised over US\$14,000. I also put on a fundraiser late 2009 and raised around US\$14,000 for The Blazeman Foundation for ALS.
So a big thank you to all my sponsors (K-Swiss, Accelerade, Endurox R4, Forze GPS, Pinarello, Trisports.com, Giro, Blueseventy, Nuun, Katalyst Multisport Management and Compuart) and fellow athletes/friends for all you donations to The Great Athlete Auction.
I support the Blaseman Foundation which is a charity set up to help raise money and awareness for the War On ALS. It was founded by Jon Blais (Blazeman) and his parents, Mary-Ann and Bob. Jon was a keen triathlete, but sadly, he lost his battle with ALS (a neurological disease) in May 2007. But not before he battled through the Hawaii Ironman in 2006. Jon achieved a lifelong dream while also making a great contribution to the aiding those who suffer from ALS.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jon and his parents at the 2006 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater. His story and struggle inspired me and it touched my heart (and left me in tears).