Hey Team. I just wanted to share this awesome motivational news with all of you. A friend on Facebook posted this story and video. I jumped at the chance to see some kids doing really great things with their lives. However, I had no idea just how hard it would impact me.
I am huge Team Hoyt fan. This is the father son team who completes in epic ultra events across the country. The amazing thing about Team Hoyt is that Rick Hoyt, the son is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He has needed full time care since his birth. Dick and his wife Judy did everything they could to try and make Rick feel as normal as possible. In 1977, Dick and Rick decided to run in a 5k to benefit a local boy paralyzed in an accident. Dick, a firefighter and by no means a long distance runner completed the entire race while pushing Rick in his wheelchair. After the race Rick told his father that when they were running he didn’t feel handicap. The impact was so profound on Dick that this launched what can only be described as a miracle. To date Team Hoyt has completed over 1000 races, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days. This overwhelming devotion to each other is true testament to the impact love can have on us as human beings.
When I saw the incredible video of Connor and Cayden Long I felt the impact of their love spread through my whole being. 7 year old Cayden has hypertonic cerebral palsy, which leaves him unable to walk or talk on his own. Because of his illness he isn’t able to participate in regular sports like other kids. So his 9 year old brother, Connor decided that he knew how to get his brother into the game. In Team Hoyt fashion Connor and Cayden began competing in triathlons up and down the eastern shore. So far Connor has pulled, peddled, and pushed Cayden across 14 finishes lines. More importantly Cayden has pulled, peddled, and pushed his brother to feel the impact of true love. A Love that goes farther and is felt deeper than anything else know to us in this life. Thank you boys for having a huge impact on us all. God bless you bother.
Never Quit. OOUUTT