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    Happy Father's Day - Ever hear of Team Hoyt?


    I am not the author but thought this was a great Father's Day story. Verified through Snopes.

    I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay
    for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.

    But compared with Dick Hoyt, I stink.

    Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in
    marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a
    wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and
    pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day.
    Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back
    mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes
    taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

    And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life.
    This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was
    strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged
    and unable to control his limbs.

    "He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;" Dick says doctors told
    him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. "Put him in an

    But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes
    followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the
    engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was
    anything to help the boy communicate. "No way," Dick says he was

    "There's nothing going on in his brain."
    "Tell him a joke," Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a
    lot was going on in his brain.

    Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by
    touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to
    communicate. First words? "Go Bruins!" And after a high school
    classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a
    charity run for him, Rick pecked out, "Dad, I want to do that."

    Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described "porker" who never ran
    more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he
    tried. "Then it was me who was handicapped," Dick says. "I was sore
    for two weeks."

    That day changed Rick's life. "Dad," he typed, "when we were
    running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!"

    And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving
    Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly
    shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.
    "No way," Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a
    single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a
    few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway,
    then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they
    ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston
    the following year.

    Then somebody said, "Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?"
    How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he
    was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still,
    Dick tried.

    Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour
    Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud
    getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you

    Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? "No way," he says.
    Dick does it purely for "the awesome feeling" he gets seeing Rick
    with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

    This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston
    Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best
    time'? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world
    record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens
    to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at
    the time.

    "No question about it," Rick types. "My dad is the Father of the

    And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a
    mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his
    arteries was 95% clogged. "If you hadn't been in such great shape,"
    one doctor told him, "you probably would've died 15 years ago."
    So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

    Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in
    Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland,
    Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the
    country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend,
    including this Father's Day.

    That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants
    to give him is a gift he can never buy.

    "The thing I'd most like, " Rick types, "is that my dad sit in the
    chair and I push him once."

    Happy Fathers day to all the Dad's out there.
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    Great story, thanks for sharing.
    Happy fathers day to you too.

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    I give my happy fathers day to all you fathers out there, thats probably the best job out there!

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    Awesome story. Absolutely awesome!

    "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
    - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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    That from the nunnery
    Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
    To war and arms I fly.
    - Lovelace

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    Great story! Happy Fathers Day everyone.

    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

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    Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers and those who have a fathering or mentoring role in someone's life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countybear View Post
    Awesome story. Absolutely awesome!

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    It takes a man to be a dad

    Great story.
    "I'm not a coward,
    I've just never been tested
    I'd like to think that if I was,
    I would pass"
    ~Mighty Mighty Bosstones~



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