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  1. don3778

    don3778 New Member

    [FONT=Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif]Father & Son[/FONT] A Real-Life Love Story

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    Every once in awhile someone sends us a
    story that's so beautiful we are forever changed
    by it. This is one of those stories.

    It started in Winchester, Massachusetts,
    43 years ago, when Rick Hoyt was born.
    Somehow his umbilical cord became wrapped around his neck, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

    The doctors told Rick's parents that he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life. But Dick Hoyt, Rick's father, didn't believe it. He noticed the way Rick's eyes followed him around the room.

    When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and 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 Hoyt's weren't quite a single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. So, for the first few years, Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway.

    Later, they would find 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 Ironman Competitions in Hawaii.

    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.

    But to really appreciate the greatness of this love story, you have to watch the following video... presented here, courtesy of YouTube.

    (And be prepared to be inspired! ;-)A Real-Life Love Story

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  2. canepole

    canepole New Member

    Woodlawn Tennessee
    Wow,What a story, it'll get you all teary eyed, Thx for sharing with us,,

  3. curdog

    curdog New Member

    Sheridan, Arkansas
    I watched one of those Iron man compation in Hawaii on TV. That Dick and Rick had intered it was awsome to watch Dick peddling Rick on the front of Dick bike and it was something to see dick in the swimming computition pulling Rick in a boat behind him. I think it was their last computition like that.
    That was a real good story. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Reel_Blues

    Reel_Blues New Member

    That was the most inspiring yet heart renching story i have ever seen. I dont consider myself an overly emotional person in fact my friends and family would say i dont show emotion at all but I am not ashamed to say that half way through the video i had to hit pause b/c i couldnt see the screen for the tears in my eyes. Truely remarkable!!!
  5. Kat-tamer

    Kat-tamer New Member

    Isn't it amazing what the love for a child can do. That man shows that nothing could stop him from making his son happy.

    Makes ya all teary eyed.
  6. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

    Thanks for sharing a great story.
  7. don3778

    don3778 New Member

    Thanks everyone for the comments, glad you enjoyed the story.

  8. Esox Hunter

    Esox Hunter New Member

    Birmingham U.K.

    Dick should get some kind of "Father Of The Year" award for believing in his son.