“Yes You Can. You can do anything you want to, as long as you make up your mind”
The Dick & Rick Hoyt Story- © 2006 Ironman Corporation (Featured Below)
Today’s post is another motivational story and one that has been around for some time. It’s a story about a fathers love for his son, and shows that almost anything is possible if you truly want it.
Rick Hoyt was born with severe disabilities and at birth was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Dick and Judy (Rick’s parents) were advised to institutionalise Rick as there was no chance of him recovering and because the doctors believed he could never live a normal life. What happened in the years to come would no doubt astound those very doctors as Rick’s parents soon learnt that although Rick couldn’t move he was very astute and would follow his parents around the room with his eyes. Eventually after teaching Rick basic things such as the alphabet his parents decided that he would need a computer to help him communicate. Eventually once the computer was built (at a cost of $5,000 in 1976) his first spoken words were communicated. It was ‘Hi mom’ or ‘Hi dad’ like you’d expect. No, instead he said “go Bruins”, the name of his favourite sports team who were in the Stanley Cup at the time.
Fast Forward a few years and Rick communicated that he’d like to take part in a 5 mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player that had been paralysed in an accident. His father agreed to run the 5 mile race pushing Rick an a specially converted wheelchair. That night after the race Rick said to his father “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” and thus Team Hoyt was born. From there they entered every race you can possibly imagine, Duathlons, Triathlons, Marathons and Iron Mans. During running stages of the race he will push Rick in a special wheelchair, during the biking stages Rick sits in a specially converted seat attached to the front of the bike and during the swimming stages Dick swims while towing Rick in a special dingy. By the Boston Marathon in 2009 they had competed in over 1000 races and in 1992 they biked and ran across America completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days!
To learn more about Team Hoyt and their inspirational story you can read all about them on their website: Team Hoyt. The video below is a moving tribute to this inspirational pair.