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Racing for the Ronald McDonald House

Last year, Darin and Amanda were in the Inland Northwest from Phoenix for the Coeur d'Alene IRONMAN. Last year, Darin and Amanda were in the Inland Northwest from Phoenix for the Coeur d'Alene IRONMAN.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

For many months, Franklin Reed was a beloved resident at Spokane's Ronald McDonald House.

"We called him the big brother of the house" said house operations manager Dana Pendergrass.

"You'd think the way he acted, he was 30 years old," said Franklin's parents, Amy West and Brian Reed.

But Franklin was only 16. He was at the house because he had leukimia. He lost his battle on April 6, 2015.

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, Noah Proszek turned 1 year old.

"Originally we thought about coming back to Spokane as a celebration of Noah's life," said his parents, Darin and Amanda Proszek.

Last year, Darin and Amanda were in the Inland Northwest from Phoenix for the Coeur d'Alene IRONMAN.

"I don't remember that much of the race," said Darin. "The Friday before the race, my wife gave birth to Noah, two and a half months early."

And, while Noah was in infant intensive care, his parents lived at the Ronald McDonald House.

So, they came back to celebrate Noah's 1st birthday with grandparents, Noah's nurses, and other Ronald McDonald House families.

"As soon as I saw the hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, I teared up," said Amanda.

This year, Darin is competing in IRONMAN again, and he will honor the Ronald McDonald house during the race - and that's where Franklin Reed comes in.

"Franklin wasn't a quitter," said Darin. "And for me to complete the race in the hottest condition...his legacy moves on with that."

Franklin's family and many members of the Ronald McDonald House family will be at the race.

"I hope they...realize that we, the community, recognize the struggle, and that they're not forgotten, we remember," said Amanda. "Everyone touched by him remembers."

IRONMAN is not for quitters.

"He [Franklin] would tell him [Darin] to push harder," said Franklin's dad, Brian.

And, with the memory of Franklin, and the image of Noah on his mind, Darin Proszek will become an IRONMAN again.

This story was written by KHQ's Allison Flicker.

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