I was thinking of posting this video here quite some time ago but never put my thought into action. Today, I came across this video again, as I found an email again with this same video in my inbox. This is the story about a father and a son known as the ‘Team Hoyt’ as their last name goes by Hyot. Dick, the father and his quadriplegic son Rick teamed up in 1977 when Rick, then age of 15, wanted to participate in a 5-mile charity run despite his physical disabilities for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. What Rick told his father that night dragged him throughout these years in all races, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”
Dick had a special kind of wheelchair made for Rick to compete in all kinds of races, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons. In 2009, they had their official 1,000th race in Boston Marathon.
Rick was born with cerebral palsy as a result of umbilical cord wrapping around his neck stopped flowing the sufficient amount of oxygen in his brain while delivery. Doctors advised the Hyots to institutionalize Rick because he was no more than ‘vegetable for the rest of his life’ from their perspective. However, the Hyots were determined to rear their son in their own and fought every battle to get their son admitted in the public school for his proper education. He got his formal education with the aid of specially designed computer. With much surprise, he graduated college from Boston University with Special Education Degree in 1993.
This video is about the perseverance of a family, devotion and love of a father toward his son. It reflects the Heavenly Father’s love for us. It is a beautiful relationship. If an earthly father can love his child so much, then how much our Heavenly Father who created us in his own image loves us! The Scripture says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:11 NASB)