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Footage from the Dick and Rick Hoyt Story cut to "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me.
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Another piece to understanding the power of the human spirit that never quits.

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Dick & Rick Hoyt

This is the story of Dick & Rick Hoyt, the most inspirational father and son team to race in an Ironman.
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Inspiration if you're having a bad day.

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Kyle Gablenz's curator insight, May 22, 10:18 PM

In this video, Dick Hoyt tells the amazing story about him and his son Rick . Rick Hoyt was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth after his umbilical cord became twisted around his neck,blocking the oxygen flow. Many doctors told the Hoyts to put Rick into an institution because they said he would just be a vegetable, but instead the hoyts took Rick home. After a while Rick learned the alphabet and was fitted with a computer that allowed him to talk. With this device Rick could also go to school. In 1977 Rick asked his father if they could run in a race together to support a kid who had  been paralyzed. After the race Rick said that when he's was running it feels like he is not handicapped, after that Dick trained so he could get in shape to push Rick all the way to the finish line . The two of them have raced together in many big races like the Boston marathon and iron mans and have become inspirations and legends to many people.

 

This year in religion we have learned about inclusion and this video clearly displays inclusion and the meaning of inclusion. Inclusion is the action or state of being included in a group and this story is a great example of inclusion. This to me relates to what I have learned about inclusion and how we need to treat people who are normally treated differently like normal people. This story relates to what I have learned because instead of keeping Rick in an institution they take him home and they teach him things like the alphabet, so he could go to school and live the life of a normal kid instead of being excluded and living a life inside of an institution. They also include him by doing these races which  make him feel free and like he's not handicapped, making him feel like anyone else in the world instead of an outcast. Overall Dick helping his son run basically '' takes away'' Rick's feeling of being handicapped making him feel included and no different than anybody else. Clearly displaying the meaning of inclusion.

 

Rick may have been handicapped and told that he would just be a vegetable. But his parents decision to  bring him home , to teach him and giving him a normal life entered him into running giving him a positive life. And if he never got that computer and was never taught the  alphabet he would never have gotten the chance to find what he loves which is running. Inclusion in Ricks life has turned him into a very intelligent, inspiring, and legendary person, instead of being treated differently and leading a life inside an institution. Overall this amazing story is a great example of how good of a thing inclusion can be and how much of a difference and a positive change it can make in someones life .

 

Hannah Ravela's comment, May 24, 10:54 PM
What I like about this video is that how Mr. Hoyt didn't give up with his son instead he run marathons with his son and reach finish line together. I like how his dad keeps him in an institution that teaches Rick alphabet and words so that he could go to school. This video not only teach us about inclusion but it also teach us about christian perspective on being with others. This film shows a christian perspective on being with others, challenge each individual to be become better than they are. Rick's dad is helping his son to be a better person by bringing him in marathons which make Rick's disability gone for a moment. Dick also show a christian perspective, be strong in good time and bad. The father and son have been through a lot and yet they never give up they live happily and enjoying their selves by running marathons together. They over come difficulties together. Mr. Hoyt also shows a positive behaviour of beatitudes, blessed are meek. He shows being gentle and compassion with his son by accepting his son and treating his son with full of love and kindness.