Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Grab tissues, you WILL cry: Team Hoyt ROCKS!!!

Some of you have probably seen this video already but it is MORE than worthy of being watched again. For those of you in the "special needs" circles, you are all very aware of "Team Hoyt."

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete in a triathlons — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that Rick can't walk or talk.

For the past twenty five years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick.

An amazing duo! A true example of a father's love for his son and a true statement of what we can do with God's love for us.


Avery said...

truly amazing!
makes us complaining about how heavy our girls are from the car to the house seem silly!

Colleen said...

I saw this a few years ago, it was amazing then, it means so much more now. Thanks for sharing.

Brittney Withers said...

I love this story.....such a tear jerker. What an amazing father.Thanks for posting.

abbysworld said...

Oh Kelly. You made me bawl with that one. I watched it and bawled then turned the music off and had my husband watch it-unfortunately my husband is atheist-He was raised in a communist country. I had hopes with Abby that he would see the light of God and I truly believe he was starting to-then Rett Syndrome hit. To say it didn't help is an understatement.
He just watched the video and took his tough self into the bathroom and sobbed. I've been told to kick your butt!
Thanks for that. We needed it.

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh, that is the most amazing thing I have ever seen.. It truly puts things in the right perspective. Thanks for sharing that. :)