A Touching And True Story

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  1. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    Strongest
    >Dad in
    > >> The World.
    > >> Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 12:53:40 -0500
    > >>
    > >> Pretty incredible story
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    > >>
    > >
    > >> [From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to
    >pay
    > >>
    > >> >for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots. But compared
    > >>
    > >> >with Dick Hoyt, I suck.
    > >>
    > >> >Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in
    > >>
    > >> >marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a
    > >>
    > >> >wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming
    >and
    > >>
    > >> >pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same
    > >> day.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back
    > >>
    > >> >mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S.on a bike.
    >Makes
    > >>
    > >> >taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his
    >life.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick
    > >> was
    > >>
    > >> >strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him
    > >> brain-damaged
    > >>
    > >> >and unable to control his limbs. "He'll be a vegetable the rest of
    >his
    > >>
    > >> >life;'' Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was
    > >>
    > >> >nine months old. "Put him in an institution.''
    > >>
    > >> >But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes
    > >>
    > >> >followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the
    > >>
    > >> >engineering department at TuftsUniversityand asked if there was
    > >>
    > >> >anything to help the boy communicate. "No way,'' Dick says he was
    > >> told.
    > >>
    > >> >"There's nothing going on in his brain.''
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns
    >out
    > >> a
    > >>
    > >> >lot was going on in his brain.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by
    > >>
    > >> >touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able
    >to
    > >>
    > >> >communicate.
    > >>
    > >> >First words? "Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was
    > >>
    > >> >paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for
    > >>
    > >> >him, Rick pecked out, "Dad, I want to do that.''
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described "porker'' who never
    ran
    > >>
    > >> >more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still,
    >he
    > >>
    > >> >tried. "Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. "I
    was sore
    > >> for
    > >>
    > >> >two weeks.''
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >That day changed Rick's life. "Dad,'' he typed, "when we were
    >running,
    > >>
    > >> >it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with
    >giving
    > >>
    > >> >Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly
    > >>
    > >> >shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >"No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't
    quite
    >a
    > >>
    > >> >single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a
    > >>
    > >> >few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran
    >anyway,
    > >>
    > >> >then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they
    > >> ran
    > >>
    > >> >another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston
    >the
    > >>
    > >> >following year.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >Then somebody said, "Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since
    > >> he
    > >>
    > >> >was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still,
    > >>
    > >> >Dick tried.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour
    > >>
    > >> >Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud
    > >>
    > >> >getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't
    >you
    > >>
    > >> >think?
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? "No way,'' he
    says.
    > >>
    > >> >Dick
    > >>
    > >> >does it purely for "the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with
    a
    > >>
    > >> >cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th
    >Boston
    > >>
    > >> >Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their
    > >> best
    > >>
    > >> >time'? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world
    > >>
    > >> >record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens
    > >> to
    > >>
    > >> >be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at
    > >>
    > >> >the time.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >"No question about it,'' Rick types. "My dad is the Father of
    the
    > >>
    > >> >Century.''
    > >>
    > >> >And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he
    >had
    > >> a
    > >>
    > >> >mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his
    > >> arteries
    > >>
    > >> >was 95% clogged. "If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' one
    >doctor
    > >>
    > >> >told him, "you probably would've died 15 years ago.''
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in
    > >> Boston,
    > >>
    > >> >and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass.,
    > >>
    > >> >always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the
    >country
    > >>
    > >> >and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this
    > >>
    > >> >Father's Day.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really
    > >> wants
    > >>
    > >> >to give him is a gift he can never buy.
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >"The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, "is that my dad would
    sit in
    > >>
    > >> >the chair and I would push him once.''
    > >>
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> >Here's the video.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryCTIigaloQ
    > >>
     
  2. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Thanks for sharing Greg, amazing story.
     

  3. Stumpknocker2

    Stumpknocker2 New Member

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    What the mind can concieve, the mind can achieve! Great story.
     
  4. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    Took awhile to read but well worth it. Great story!
     
  5. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    I now have 2 more heroes.peewee-williams
     
  6. da-cajun-angla

    da-cajun-angla New Member

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    that'll bring tears to ur eyes...i thing my question in the thread i just posted got answered....i think it's no:wink: thats a crazy coincidence this was posted right by my post
    shaun
     
  7. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    That is really an amazing story! I hope to be blessed with a life long freindship with my kids.
     
  8. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    definitely a heart-warming story
     
  9. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    I saw that on the net. For those of you interested there is an awesome video that goes with it and will really make you cry. It is more moving than the written words. Just search it on MSN. That is where I saw the video.

    Inspiring, awesome man!

    Thanks for posting it Greg. I had forgotten about it until now.

    Take care.
    Cheryl
     
  10. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

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    That is one awesome, heart warming story!

    On that same page you posted the link to is another video story done a little differently, it really warrants watching as well. That one is titled "Together - Team Hoyt"

    If only every human being would show just one tiny iota of the compassion and love as this father/son do the world would be amazingly different.

    Thanks for sharing this one!

    Barb
     
  11. hookman571

    hookman571 New Member

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    Unbelievable. Great Story.
    Thanks