Firefighter to run marathon in full gear for ALS awareness

Firefighter David Kaszar is hoping to raise $20,000 for his dad that was diagnosed with ALS two years ago

HUDSON, Ohio — Firefighters save lives.

However, there is one life Parma Heights Firefighter David Kaszar cannot save — that of his dad, Phil. Phil Kaszar, 59, a former Hudson City School Board president, was diagnosed two years ago with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. There is no cure for the disease, which affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, eventually leading to death.

In order to raise awareness of the disease and money for research, David, a 2004 Hudson High School graduate, will run the 26.2 mile Cleveland Marathon May 17 in full firefighter turnout gear, including a SCBA breathing tank, all totaling about 45 pounds. The only uniform concession will be running shoes instead of boots.

Full story: Firefighter running in full gear for father, ALS awareness

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