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    Chicken Soup For The Soul: A Father's Amazing Love (and example #8,897,234 on why I'm pro-life)

    By Theblogprof, Section News
    Posted on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 08:31:24 AM EST
    Tags: abortion, sports (all tags)

    I can do everything through him who gives me strength.-Philippians 4:13
    Positive stories are chicken soup for the soul. So today, I want to keep a positive post on being pro-life, rather than delving into pointing out the evils on the pro-abortion side of our culture. I found this story via a YouTube video that touched me deeply. The YouTube caption has the story:
    A son asked his father, "Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?" The father who despite having a heart condition, said, "Yes".

    They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying, "Yes" to his son's request of going through the race together.

    One day, the son asked his father, 'Dad, let us join the Ironman together; to which his father said, "Yes", too.

    For those who don't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race consists of three endurance events of a 2.4 miles (3.86 kilometers) ocean swim followed by a 112 miles (180.2 kilometers) bike ride and ending with a 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometers) marathon along the coast of the Big Island.

    Father and son went on to complete the race together.

    Now, you might be thinking at this point: "dude, where's the pro-life in this story?" Where is the "is?" Well, here's the video that accompanies the story:

    continued below the fold...

    Now for the rest of the story:

    Based on the TV interview of Dick and Rick Hoyt, Dick, the father explained that Rick while still in his mother's womb, the umbilical chord was wrapped around his neck cutting off oxygen to the brain.

    And when Rick was born, the doctor who was looking after Rick told Dick and his wife that Rick would never be able to walk nor talk all his life that it would be best that they put him away. But the Hoyts would not be willing to do such a thing and decided to bring him home instead and decided likewise to treat him just like anyone normal kid. So that when the family went for a swim, Rick went with them and so on and so forth.

    It was one day while watching TV (if my memory serves me right) that Rick saw a benefit marathon for a paralytic child and he wanted to be a part of the benefit marathon. And that started both father and son with their races even while Dick had a heart condition and Rick himself was not well all the time. In fact there were two years where they were not able to join the races because Dick had a heart attack and the other year was that (if I remember it correctly now, Rick was the one who had a problem.

    And also based on an article that I read about them, both had so far completed 212 triathlons, 4 15-hour Inronmans. And that it was two years back from today, when Dick had his heart attack, and his doctor said, had it not been his good physical condition on account of the races, he would have died 15 years ago.

    Both then via the races have served one another in a loving and wonderful way.

    Dick humbly said in the interview when he was called a hero by the interviewer, "I just simply love my family".

    And indeed, he loved them even as he loved Rick that much that he committed himself to do the tough physical demands of the races and the triathlons, the Ironman that his son may have the chance to enjoy the races and be a part of life. And in a return show of love and appreciation, Rick says this of his father, "Dad is my hero."

    And to end my inputs on the father and son, I'd like to end what Rick says that he likes most...(Rick types using a special machine), he says, "The thing I most like is my dad sit in the chair and I push him once."

    A few things with this story. First, Rick was deemed to be not worth living by a doctor. How many such decisions have been made by doctors where the parents unfortunately followed the recommendation? Worse yet, should Obamacare come to pass, it will be faceless bureaucrats that will push such decisions for the sake of saving money and someday may mandate them. Secondly, Dick's disabled son ended up saving his life. Third, and perhaps the most important here, is that choosing life has been a blessing not just for Dick and Rick, but for many, many people that have been touched and inspired by their story. A blessing from God. Life - imagine the possibility.

    Team Hoyt have their own website: TeamHoyt.com, which contains more videos, their story, and they run a foundation that accepts donations. HT: Izismile.

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    Pass the crackers! (none / 0) (#1)
    by sailingconservatively on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 08:43:11 AM EST
    Once again, you give tremendous inspiration by providing these snippets of goodness.

    Truly it is all around us, everday and everywhere.  We just need to look a bit harder, turn over a few additional stones and smile more often.   God Bless.

    Thanks for doing the heavy lifting!

    This ones for you! (none / 0) (#3)
    by sailingconservatively on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 09:57:29 AM EST
    I am not certain how to add this so I hope it works...

    Irena Sendler
    There recently was a death of a 98 year old lady named Irena. During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' ... She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German.) Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger children..) She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the children/infants noises... During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the children she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those children she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
    Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize ... She was not selected.
              Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.  
            Powerful message.  Let us never forget how prescious life is!


    The true sacrifice (none / 0) (#4)
    by maidintheus on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 10:09:11 AM EST
    that some parents make for their children always inspires and blesses me beyond words.

    We often hear about the dissatisfaction, even worry, for our children in the under producing, over controlling public school systems. Yet, so few of these same parents are doing whatever it takes to provide/protect their children with relief from the injustice.

    I really find the excuse, 'I can't afford...' to be one of the most...interesting: Well, there ya go. The real priorities become apparent. We have roomy homes, extra cars, extra toys, land lines, cell phones, desk tops, lap tops, multi-tiered cable, and more clothes in our closets then we can or even want to wear.  Why, we can pay others to do, watch, teach, but we don't seem to understand 'how' to pay ourselves to do many of these things.

    I could say we have a problem with stupid and selfish but I'm not sure that's comprehensive enough. Certainly, I disclose my lack PC.

    I also disclose my tendency to believe that most things lead back to education (problems) and the (now desperate) need to make changes.  

    • Because by maidintheus, 10/16/2009 11:07:19 AM EST (none / 0)
    Another Fine Article (none / 0) (#7)
    by Rougman on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 04:50:41 PM EST
    This is a wonderful story and truly makes me wonder how many potential blessings humanity has lost because of abortion.  


    Now there is somthing to truly think about... (none / 0) (#8)
    by sailingconservatively on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 09:31:26 PM EST
    As a society, we are constantly looking for someone to cure this disease, a leader  for the world to bring peace or the next technological wizzard that will make our lives easier.  So, who WAS it?   God sent them, several million.
    Gotta wonder...

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