Abilene firefighter set for American Ninja Warrior, spreading awareness for cystic fibrosis

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – Shane Haught was in the hospital with his son and all day they watched one show, American Ninja Warrior. In that hospital is where he got the idea for him to compete.

“‘Do you want to be an American Ninja Warrior?’ so I went online and filled out an application, and next thing I know I am getting an email asking to send in a video. “So I sent in a video and then next thing I know I am getting a call and I’m on the show,” said Shane.

Now he’s using his family and friends to help train in new ways.

“There are no gyms specifically in Abilene for this, so you just have to be creative,” said Shane.

No obstacle can stop Shane jumping into new ways to spread awareness for cystic fibrosis because his three sons have the disease.

“We are sitting here looking at this perfectly healthy, in our mind, 1 month old and being told that our son has a disease that we don’t even know what it is,” said Shane.

His brother Hunter is there mentally and physically to help him succeed because family is what it’s all about.

“The biggest thing is to spread awareness for this cause because the cause has a lot of moment right now. There is a lot of money behind it and it’s growing and they are actually making breakthroughs in research,” said Hunter.

Shane says he hopes to make it all the way to the red buzzer.

“My oldest son, he’s 5 years old. When we told him it really kind of made it even more real how excited he was, so that will be a real exciting thing for me to be on the course and look to the sidelines and see him and how excited he is,” said Shane.

All for the Haught heroes.

“In my mind they are heroes with dealing with what they have to do on a daily basis, fighting a disease and doing all this treatments and taking medications and just the difficulties that they face on a daily basis,” said Shane.

Shane competes April 12 in Oklahoma City.

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