LOVE CAN . . .
I had heard of Team Hoyt before, and saw at least one television report about them. When Rick Hoyt was born, the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, depriving him of oxygen. His parents didn’t accept that their son would be a “vegatable” or better off in an institution. Through their persistence, Rick progressed, and learned to communicate through mechanical means.
While in high school, Rick told his father, Dick, that he wanted to participate in a five-mile run to benefit a local athlete who had been paralyzed in an accident. Dick ran the race, pushing his son in a wheelchair, and Team Hoyt was born.
Eventually, Dick and Rick began to run marathons, and later turned to the grueling triathlon. Doing so required that Dick learn to swim. They compete using a special wheelchair that Dick can push for the running leg, an inflatable boat that Dick pulls for the swim, and a modified bike with a seat for Rick in front of the handle bars.
I recall being moved when I first saw a news report about Team Hoyt. But this new video, appropriately entitled “Can,” had me in tears of joy for this father and son. There’s no narration, just film of them set to the music of a popular Christian song. The viewer can’t help but see the love between Rick and Dick, and the inspiration they draw from each other.
Dick Hoyt wanted what every parent wants: to help a child live a full life. The lengths to which he has gone should inspire us all. Go see the video, and then go learn more about Team Hoyt at their site.