Truly inspirational story about a Father’s unstoppable love for his son
This is a story of Rick Hoyt who was born with Cerebral Palsy, who wanted to participate in a 5 mile benefit run. Rick’s father Dick Hoyt who was not an athlete by any means finished next to last but when Rick told him “Dad, when I am running, it feels like I am not handicapped.”, started a run (No pun intended) of over 1000 races completed encompassing marathons, triathlons and even 6 iron man competitions. They even ran across America in 1992 in 45 days.
More than the story of a loving father, this is a story of a family that refused to institutionalize his son despite being advised to do so. Despite the odds stacked against them, they believed that his son can live a normal life. Their dedication and belief resulted in their son attending public school at the age of 13, and ultimately graduated from Boston University in 1993 with a degree in Special Education.
Dick and Rick Hoyt now lead The Hoyt Foundation focused on building individual character, self confidence and self esteem in disabled young people.
What an amazing story and it goes to show love of a father and of family can transcend anything.
Happy upcoming Father’s day!
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