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Ironman dad's big finish: Donations, awareness raised for childhood cancer research

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Chattanooga firefighter Jason Greer competed in the Ironman triathlon in honor of his son, Tristin, who is battling cancer. He has prepared for the event for the past year, dropping 60 pounds in the process.

"It was long. It was grueling and long," Greer said, "but it was awesome."
    
Long doesn't even begin to describe Jason Greer's journey to the finish line.
    
He started the Ironman triathlon at 8 a.m. Sunday and crossed the finish line at 12:10 a.m. early Monday morning.
    
Greer was racing the clock to finish before the 12:15 cut off time.

"Probably about mile 15, I was like, "Oh my goodness," Greer said, "You know I was like, my legs were on fire, my feet were hurting, they were blistered."
 
After 16 hours of non-stop physical endurance, what was waiting for Greer at the finish line made it all worth it.
    
It was his 18-year old son Tristin, who is battling Stage IV Neuroblastoma, with his Ironman medal in hand.

"I was able to put a medal around his neck which was really really special," Tristin said, "I don't think anyone else was able to do that."
    
Tristin followed his father's progress as he swam, biked and ran a total of 144.6 miles.

"He's been training for a year to finally finish this one eventful day," Tristin said, "It just means a lot."
    
Greer completed his first Ironman triathlon to raise money for childhood cancer research.
    
In total, Jason's donation page raised $17,465. The money will be split among 'Emily's Power For A Cure' and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee.
"It meant a lot to everyone," Tristin said, "He inspired a lot of people and, I'm just glad he finally got to finish."

The founder of 'Emily's Power for a Cure' said she has proof of all the people Jason Greer and his family have inspired.  

"He's reached a whole new demographic for us," said Wendy Ransom in an e-mail, "I receive, at least, one email or phone call a day asking how they can be involved with our charity since Jason started his journey."
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