Good News: Meet Team Hoyt

Meet Father/Son Team Hoyt.  Rick, the son, was born with cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic.  The doctors at the time of his birth were pretty blunt with their advice: “’Forget Rick, put him away, put him in an institution, he’s going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life.”  Dick and his wife took the exact opposite approach.  While he was at school, he mentioned to his father that he wanted to participate in a charity run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident, and his father agreed to push him in a wheelchair and they competed in the race together. Afterwards, Rick told his father that while they were running, he felt like he was not handicapped. And so they have been running together ever since. That was 30 years, and almost 1,100 races ago.  The Boston Marathon is their favorite race, and this year, they ran it thinking it would be their last Boston.  However, they were at Mile 25 when the bombs went off and were unable to finish.  Now, they have plans to come back stronger than ever next year – along with a stronger Boston.  Read their full story here.