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Firefighter's son greets him at Ironman finish line

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Tristam (left) and Jason Greer Tristam (left) and Jason Greer
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UPDATE: Jason Greer crossed the finish line just before the 12:15 am cutoff.

After Greer crossed the finish line, it wasn't an Ironman official who handed him the medal. Instead, Tristin put the medal around his father's neck after more than 16 hours of competing.

"It was long. It was grueling and long, but it was awesome," says Greer.

"It was pretty special that he got finish and that I was aable to see it up front," says Greer's son Tristin. "I was able to put a medal around his neck which was really, really special. I don't think anyone else was able to do that. 

Greer has raised more than $20,000 for cancer research.


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Jason Greer has been preparing for the Ironman for the past year, dropping 60 pounds in the process. His 18-year-old son, Tristin, a Freshman at UTC, has been battling stage 4 neuroblastoma for more than four years.

Channel 3 caught up with Tristin Sunday as his dad started the course.

The cheering section was not lacking as Jason Greer started the Ironman course, his 18-year-old son, Tristin, proud to see his father take on the challenge, who was all smiles coming out of the water.

"As he was coming out of the water, I was able to see him. I was literally two feet away and he finally saw me and I could see that smile on his face. He was pretty happy to see me and I was happy to see him finally get out of the water," says Tristin.

"Everyday for the past year, I've envisioned crossing the finish line and then putting that medal around Tristin's neck, because he's the real Ironman," says Jason.

Greer is competing for his son and to raise money in the fight against childhood cancer. He says taking on the Ironman is not even close to the fight Tristin has endured with stage 4 neuroblastoma.

"I'm pretty proud that he wants to raise awareness and he wants to do this for me. It's a proud moment," says Tristin.

"Ironman is really tough, it's really grueling. But it's nothing compared to childhood cancer," says Wendy Ransom.

Wendy Ransom's daughter, Emily, lost her fight eight and half years ago at the age of two. Wendy is just one of many encouraging Jason and his family. She says she is thankful Jason is competing for his son and to raise money for 'Emily's Power for a Cure' and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"Jason is one of the most amazing people I've ever met," she says.

Tristin agrees, saying he can not wait to watch his dad cross the finish line.

"I'll definitely be at the finish line. I will definitely wait on the finish line," says Tristin.

So far, Greer has raised nearly $20,000 for cancer research. 

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