Monday, June 16, 2008

Tribute to world's greatest dad

Heard of the story of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick?

66-year old Dick climbs mountains, runs to the ends of the earths and swims across oceans to give his son Rick, a better life.

When Rick was born, he suffered from Cerebral Palsy (as a result of the umbilical cord being caught around his neck at birth). Doctors told Dick that his son would never be able to walk or talk and that it would be best to forget about him and leave him in an institution. He would be nothing more than a vegetable for life.Yet, Dick was determined to bring his son up like any other child and wanted to ensure that he was not deprived of anything in life as a result of his condition. One time, when Rick told his dad that his dream was to compete in a marathon, his Dad pulled, pushed and carried him all the way in their first race.

When Rick told his Dad that he felt that his disability disappeared whenever he was competing, it was all that his Dad needed to hear. Today, at age 66, Dick and his son Rock (aged 44) have competed together in 950 races, 60 marathons and 6 Iron Man Triathlons.

But the most inspiring part of his story is that Rick has successfully graduated from Boston University and he's an inspiration to millions around the world.

The must watch video

Tears welled up at the corner of my eyes when I saw the video clip. How touching it was. The love of a dad for his son is so deep, it exceeds beyond our mere imagination. Can't help but to think, what will happen if one day Dick Hoyt's gone, who would take care of Rick? It touches my heart even more when I think about it.

p/s: Article taken from Jomay's blog :)

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