A Tribute to the Strongest Dad in the World

This is off the topic of politics, government and world events, but it’s so inspiring I wanted as many people as possible to see it. This, folks, is real love.

Over forty years ago, Judy Hoyt gave birth to a baby boy whose umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around his neck. Judy and her husband were told that their son, Rick, was a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and would be a vegetable for the rest of his life. Doctors advised them to place him in an institution because he would never improve. Rick’s parents said absolutely not.

Even after years of being told that their son would not accomplish anything with his life, Judy and Dick refused to give up. Eventually they had Rick hooked up to a computer, which allowed him to communicate.

A family friend organized a charity run for Rick’s benefit, and Rick, after watching the runners cross the finish line, later told his dad that he wanted to do something like that, too. Even though Dick was out of shape and couldn’t run a mile, let alone five, he decided to give it a try anyway for the benefit of his son. Dick pushed Rick in his wheelchair as he ran five kilometers. Afterward at home, Rick typed out on his computer that, “when we were running, it felt like I wasn’t disabled anymore!” It was a turning point in both their lives.

Since then, Dick and Rick competed in 85 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, 212 triathlons and 15 Iron man competitions.

Now that you know the story, watch the video. And you’ll need a lot of tissues. This one goes right to the heart of what it means to love unconditionally.

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