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Old 10-17-2006, 05:01 PM   #1
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Doctors and some scientists had it wrong, check out Team Hoyt.

This is totally amazing........


Be sure the watch the video at the end of the article.


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http://www.teamhoyt.com/


Strongest Dad in the World
From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to
pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots. But compared
with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in
marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a
wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming
and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same
day.

Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back
mountain climbing and once ! hauled him across the U.S. on a bike.
Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right? And what has Rick
done for his father? Not much--except save his life.

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick
was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-
damaged and unable to control his limbs.

``He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors
told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him in
an institution.''

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes
followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the
engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was
anything to help the boy communicate.

``No way,'' Dick says he was told. ``There's nothing going on in his
brain.''

"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns!
out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by
touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able
to communicate. First words? `` Go Bruins!'' And after a high school
classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a
charity run for him, Rick pecked out, ``Dad, I want to do that.''

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker'' who never ran
more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles?
Still, he tried. ``Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says.
``I was sore for two weeks.''

That day changed Rick's life.

``Dad,'' he typed, ``when we were running, it felt like I wasn't
disabled anymore!''

And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with
giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got in to such hard-belly
shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

``No way,'' Dick! was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't
quite a single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair
competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran
anyway, then they found a way to get into the race officially:

In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying
time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, ``Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike
since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a
triathlon?

Still, Dick tried. Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four
grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii . It must be a buzzkill to be a
25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in
a dinghy, don't you think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? ``No way,'' he
says. Dick does it purely for ``the ! awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick
with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon,
in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time? Two
hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world record,
which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to be
held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time.

``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the Father of the
Century.''

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he
had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his
arteries was 95% clogged. ``If you hadn't been in such great
shape,'' one doctor told him, ``you probably would've died 15 years ago.''

So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in
Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland,
Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the
country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this
Father's Day. That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the
thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.

"The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, ``is that my dad would sit
in the chair and I would push him once.''

Here's the video....

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Old 10-17-2006, 05:13 PM   #2
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The Hoyts are well known in New England. I've run road races with them in the field and they are much faster than me and most other people too. If I recall correctly, Rick also graduated from BU a couple years back. They are great people in every regard.
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Thanks for posting that.
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Great story.

Not sure what it has to do with FYM, but great story.
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Old 10-17-2006, 07:26 PM   #5
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Great story.

Not sure what it has to do with FYM, but great story.


http://forum.interference.com/showth...=Terri+Schiavo

http://forum.interference.com/showth...ght=euthanasia

http://forum.interference.com/showth...ght=euthanasia

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Terri Shiavo had no brain. Literally. The autopsy confirmed it. The only part of her brain left was the part that controlled involuntary functions, meaning that everything that was Terri--her consciousness, her memories, etc.--had literally disintegrated.

Terri Shiavo, essentially, was a corpse attached to life support, as you cannot survive without a brain.

Each medical case is different, obviously, which is why you cannot compare completely different patients with completely different circumstances. Terri's case was clear cut.

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Terri Shiavo had no brain.

, meaning that everything that was Terri--her consciousness, her memories, etc.--had literally disintegrated.

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Every case is different. I broke with my church (I'm Catholic, as you probably know) on the Shavio controversy. I didn't think she was alive, she didn't have a brain, she was a corpse waiting to be buried. Just my purple tuppence's worth.
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as far as innocent life is concerned i will always error on the side of caution instead of convenience.

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This is what I thought. You are very transparent.

But these stories have nothing to do with each other.

NOTHING....
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you hope.


You must've missed the part that said the autopsy confirmed it.
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You must've missed the part that said the autopsy confirmed it.
diemen,

you're another that i have on ignore and for good reason based on this post.


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Based on that post? You don't like it when someone points out that you're wrong, I take it?
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^this fellow apparently believes in science.

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That is the oddest response I've ever read.

Yes, I do believe in something that arrives at conclusions based on observable phenomena and quantitative analysis. But yet I'm open minded enough to be able to change my belief if something comes along that proves it wrong. Another case completely unrelated to Schiavo doesn't prove a thing.
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