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Possibly the most inspirational thing i've ever heard

kenshin112

Gotta Make A Change
#1
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 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 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 sit in the chair and I push him once.''

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#2
i read that the other day - truly inspirational
daisy x
 
#3
It brought tears to my eyes -- thanks Kenshinn112.
 

kenshin112

Gotta Make A Change
#4
i was the same MM def got teary eyed
 
#7
Wiping my eyes here too!

What a lovely lovely story. xx :)
 
#8
WOW. Thanks for that -puts things in perspective.
I will approach my busy week ahead differently now. I was starting to feel a bit martyrish and sorry for myself - no more!
Perfect timing. Thanks again x
 
#9
I think I'm being a good mum to my kids, but hey - now I know I could do more. Very inspirational.
 

Gemma79

I will do this!
#10
thanks for posting this. Really made me think about my step brother, age 12, who was hit by a car 6 weeks ago and has serious brain injuries. He is almost certain to need a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but this story reminded me that he can still achieve so much and I know he will have our support and love every step of the way. He's beginning to grunt now, so my prayer for him is that he will be able to communicate to us, that would be amazing.

Thanks again x
 

kenshin112

Gotta Make A Change
#11
they should make this a sticky i think, it can inspire people to do so much more :)
 
#12
thanks for posting this. Really made me think about my step brother, age 12, who was hit by a car 6 weeks ago and has serious brain injuries. He is almost certain to need a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but this story reminded me that he can still achieve so much and I know he will have our support and love every step of the way. He's beginning to grunt now, so my prayer for him is that he will be able to communicate to us, that would be amazing.

Thanks again x

Hi Gemma,

My thought are with you and your family. I know that medicine and time can work miracles, so I hope your brother has a complete recovery. If he does not, this story shows how he can have rewarding life with the people who love him despite any challenges he might face. Keep us posted on hs progress.

Sincerely,

MinnieMel
 

kenshin112

Gotta Make A Change
#13
if at any moment you sit and wonder and think i can't do this i can't do that
read this and hopefully it changes your mindset and instead of saying i can't say i can, without trying and giving it a go how can you possibly say you can't? also you'll have to do something more than once to actually start enjoying it :)
 

kenshin112

Gotta Make A Change
#14
a bump for the new starters, if you ever think you can't do something just read this and hopefully it will give you the get up and go too achieve your dream
god bless
 
#17
thank you for that goosebumps need to go and get a jumper lol.
Gemma my heart is with you and the family right now, just remeber all he needs is support and encouragement, he will tell you all what he can still do and what he want's to achieve all you have to do is tell him he can do it and support him.
Anna x
 

kenshin112

Gotta Make A Change
#18
Just thought i'd up this again
people who think they can't achieve read this
 

tracyd

"I WILL DO THIS"
#19
really does put things into perspective doesnt it! thanks for postng it
Gemma thinking of you and your family x
 


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