THE LOVE OF A FATHER…"http:////" Rick and Dick Hoyt It was more than a year ago when my wife and I along with our only son went to a school activity. Just before the event ended, we were all asked to watched a short movie about a father who tried to make his paralyzed son live a normal life and fulfill every dreams he has. I cried that day and hugged my son.

The video was about a a father’s love to his son. The story is all about Dick and Rick Hoyt. Dick and Rick HoytRick has cerebral palsy, caused by loss of oxygen to his brain at birth because his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. His father, Dick along with mom Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a "normal" life.

Well, Dick opposed the idea and he instead gave his life as  a father to make his son’s dreams into reality. They joined marathons as how Rick wanted to do. This was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days.

Father and SonIt took me almost a year to be able to see the same video again and I saw it over Facebook. I watched it twice this morning and I cried. I cried not just because I missed my son so much being far away but because I wanted to do more as a father.

After watching the video, I have realized how much I have failed to be the best father I can be to my only son. Team HoytI have put so much time in making a living to ensure that I can send him to the best school and buy him the best toys that I failed to give him the best gift that he could have – time.

Perhaps, this is also a perfect example of God’s love to us all as His children and how He has been carrying us all these time from our burdens. This is also a living proof that we can always do more as fathers. Thus, I vow to do just the same – make my son’s every dream a reality no matter what. No more. No less.


Visit Website NOTE: The first video below is the exact material that I have watched more than a year ago with my wife and son. After almost a year of wondering if I will be able to ever watch it once again, I have seen the same video (see the second video below) from a friend’s wall at Facebook this morning. Thus, I took the chance to save the links and blog about it. Perhaps, it could inspire some dads out there just like me.

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      • I can’t stop crying when i watch this video bec,im so touch i cannot imagine someone can do this to his son,he really loves his son so much my tears keep falling,its right we must not loose hope whenever there a trial coming into our life,just keep beleiving we can achieve…..your inspired so much people your unique words are not enough to express how inspired i am….GOD BLESS YOU BOTH…hope to see more video of you…..coz your an inspiration….

        • Thanks! You can google for TEAM HOYT as they have a website and more inspiring video stories. I am a father too and it’s been a year when I first saw their video but still, I get to cry everytime I remember their story. It makes me feel guilty for not spending more time with my only son. Anyway, I hope you get an inspiration from it. Cheers!

  1. Dick Hoyt refused to accept the limitations of son’s disability. He is willing to run the extra mile, to do what is necessary and more. I was deeply touched by his story because I too am a father of a special child. Our daughter was diagnosed as autistic 14 years ago. When we asked the professionals what to expect as the best case scenario, we were told that we could teach her to at least take care of herself and do house chores. That was the lowest point of our life. But my wife defiantly answered- you are not God! How can you be sure that my child will only amount to that?We enrolled her in a special school and therapy sessions as advised. We observed what is being done during school and therapy sessions and continued doing it at home. My wife even secretly enrolled her in a regular school. As she slowly improved, she was integrated into the regular class in the SPED school. She surprised us all when she passed the most competitive college entrance exam in the Philippines, the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT). She is now on her junior year. But the fight continues. She is doing fine academically but she still struggles socially. But with God’s help she continues on her journey.

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