Parma Heights firefighter-paramedic David Kaszar was talking to one of his colleagues, Brian Durante, during a recent short break from the action when a thought came to Kaszar as an alternative to the ALS ice bucket challenges of 2014.
"We were sitting here working one day on the same shift and he said, 'I think I'm going to run the Cleveland Marathon.' I'm like, 'that's great man. I'll run it with you.' And he said, 'I'm going to do it in my gear.' And without a hesitation I said, 'I'm right there with you," said Durante.
"It started out with him having trouble holding his razor the right way. Eventually through a lot of tests we found out that he was diagnosed [with ALS] and it's been a slow progression to not being able to use certain parts of his body. He's basically paralyzed from the neck down. He can still talk and eat, which is an absolute blessing," said Kaszar.