Written by on June 25th, 2013 – 3 Comments

In today’s day and age it is hard to find anyone who is not part of the Facebook scene. Among news feeds displaying friend’s latest accomplishments or moods there are often stories and pictures that are shared or liked. Most times I scroll by the pictures and stories without a second thought, but last week a story caught my attention. I am a sucker for a feel good movie, book or story. I am always looking for a story that renews my hope in the human race rather than one that has me fearing for the future. I am looking for that person who seems quiet, unassuming and seemingly ordinary. For in those people often lies the extraordinary.

The story that caught my attention was that of Dick and Rick Hoyt. This extraordinary story began January 10, 1962 when Rick was born.

As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick’s brain at the time of his birth, he was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Though Rick was unable to speak or walk, they noticed the way his eyes followed them around the room. In 1972 a group of engineers at TuftsUniversitycreated an interactive computer for Rick. The computer allowed Rick to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head. He was finally able to communicate!  After a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick told his father he wanted to complete the race.

Dick Hoyt was not a runner and was nearly 37 years old. After their first race Rick said, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” That sentence changed Dick’s life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could.  Now they’ve done over 212 triathlons, including six gruelling 15-hour Ironman’s in Hawaii.  They have completed the Boston Marathon over 29 times. Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across theU.S.in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days. Team Hoyt was inducted to the Ironman Hall of Fame in 2008.

This story gives great perspective. It shows that no matter what obstacles, MS in my case, stand in your way there is a way to find the silver lining. It may not always be easy, there will be ups and downs, but we are all capable of the extraordinary. You may think you’re simply ordinary but there will always be someone that finds you extraordinary! Until next time my extraordinary friends, keep up the good fight!

 – Loribelle

 Note: Information for this post was verified from, www.teamhoyt.com.

3 Responses

  1. danben says:

    “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us”-Wilma Rudolph
    Good to see you around Loribelle and a real powerful story that can give us all hope.Eventhough I am wheelchair bound my legs aren’t completely gone for I can do upwards to a 1000 steps on the treadmill daily.Just like you and Rick and all you out there giving up is not an option.

  2. Loribelle says:

    Thanks Danben! I am so glad to hear you aren’t giving up! That itself is an inspiration to the rest of us!

  3. Tying into the Boston Marathon, John Young who is a little person competed in this year’s marathon as one of two little persons to ever compete. (He had a female friend who is also a little person competing along side him.) John is a Canadian who lives in the US and is a ParaTriathlete. He was just a mile short of the finish line when the bombs went off. He returned with his friend just a few days later to finish what he’d started and take back his race. He too inspires others to push beyond the limits disability and the world puts on us. Our only limits in life are the ones we believe to be true. We have to keep pushing those boundaries to achieve our dreams.