Jason Fine was the owner of Crossfit North Scottsdale, a picture perfect model for fitness. Fine even competed in the Crossfit games, which is basically like the Olympics for fitness.
"He went to the Crossfit games, came in 16th in the world last year," said Shane Edrington of Crossfit North Scottsdale. "Right before he found out about the tumor he was competing in the Crossfit Open, what we're preparing for right now, [and he] ended up 33rd in the world in the 40-44 bracket with a brain tumor."
Last year, while training for the Crossfit open, Fine realized something wasn't right. He went to the doctor and was later diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
"The first thought that ran thru my mind was man it picked the wrong person because it's going to have a hell of a fight because he's going to give this thing all he's got; and he definitely did," said Mike Winslow of Crossfit North Scottsdale.
Fine battled cancer for nearly a year, fighting the deadly disease in the same manner he trained. He also blogged about his battle, shared his thoughts and experiences, and traveled the world with his wife. He ended up living months longer than doctors expected.
"He never gave up," said Winslow. "He'd always be the one to push for the extra rep… always the one pushing people. As soon as he was done, he'd hop back up and was on the next person helping them push through that."
The morning after his death, Fine's trainers and athletes continued to push their limits at the Scottsdale gym, honoring fine's motto, which was...be better today.
"He was a great guy to just be around," said Edrington. "His inspiration was clear in terms of fighting to be the best you could.
Fine would have turned 45-years-old on Monday. He is survived by his wife, sister, and his many friends and followers in the Crossfit community.