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Friends come to aid of cancer-stricken Scottsdale trainer

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"I wake up every day and I say, 'I'm not going to die today,' and I live my day to the fullest," says Jason Fine, second from left. (Source: jasonfine8.blogspot.com) "I wake up every day and I say, 'I'm not going to die today,' and I live my day to the fullest," says Jason Fine, second from left. (Source: jasonfine8.blogspot.com)
Fine later learned he was already stage three with tumors in his brain when he competed and placed 16th in the world at the CrossFit game last year. (Source: Jason Fine) Fine later learned he was already stage three with tumors in his brain when he competed and placed 16th in the world at the CrossFit game last year. (Source: Jason Fine)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

A devastating diagnosis rocked the world of a Valley athlete.

Jason Fine was the picture of fitness, showing his strength around the world. He competed last year at the CrossFit games, which are basically the Olympics for fitness.

Now he's dealing with cancer, but he's not giving up.

His friends are paying it forward to him.

As the owner of CrossFit North Scottsdale, Fine has a very loyal following.

The relationships he develops with his members go well beyond trainer and student.

"He actually takes that time to get to know you on a personal level and knows about your life, about your family," Kelli Howard said.

Fine's friends were floored when he revealed to them that he was recently diagnosed with stage four metastatic melanoma.

"I had a small lump underneath my arm, I had no physical symptoms at all, had a little lump," Fine said.

Fine later learned he was already stage three with tumors in his brain when he competed and placed 16th in the world last year at the CrossFit games.

"My doctors won't give me a timeline and most people with stage four metastatic, it's been diagnosed too late and generally, people pass in the first six months and a small percentage make it one year," Fine said.

A prognosis like that might make people forget about going to work, but Fine said he dreads not going. It brings him too much joy.

"I wake up every day and I say, 'I'm not going to die today,' and I live my day to the fullest. So I wake up and I smile and I live my day to the fullest. I've written a list that I follow and one of them is to try to help someone else out every day," Fine said.

This week his class returned the favor.

"He has dedicated his life to improving all of our lives through fitness and friendship," Howard said.

His friends presented him with $500 through CBS 5 News' Pay It Forward program.

"I have an abundance of great friends and a supportive community. I have a really loving wife," Fine said.

"I know my life, my days are going to be shorter, it's forever affected. This is my new normal, but I still get up and say those words. I still say, you know, 'you're not going to die today, think of the best,'" Fine said.

Fine's only sibling, his sister, has been diagnosed with the exact same cancer and the same prognosis.

This Saturday, his friends are staging a CrossFit competition and benefit for Fine at Scottsdale Ranch Park.

You can still enter or just cheer them on. Click here for details on the fundraiser.

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