BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: HOYT FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
The 2015 Boston Marathon will be Rick’s 33rd Boston Marathon, and his first one with someone other than his father pushing... My brother, Bryan Lyons, has that honor. This will be Bryan's 7th Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt and my 2nd.
As a father of three, I know what it is like to drop everything and bend over backwards for your children. Our kids are our number one priority. But Dick Hoyt took this philosophy to an entirely different level.
Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick's brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. The Hoyts were told that there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a "normal" life. Rick couldn't walk or speak.
In the spring of 1977, through an interactive computer that was built specifically for Rick by the engineers at Tufts University, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."
This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,100 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. In a triathlon, Dick will pull Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest around his waist and to the front of the boat for the swimming stage. For the biking stage, Rick will ride a special two-seater bicycle, and then Dick will push Rick in his custom made running chair.
Team Hoyt is an organization sponsored by John Hancock that the Hoyts created to help people with physical disabilities become active members of the community. The organization then went on to form the Hoyt Foundation in 1989, a nonprofit for young and disabled Americans.
It is a privilege to be running the 2015 Boston Marathon with Rick, Bryan, the rest of Team Hoyt, while raising money for the Hoyt Foundation. Any support toward my $6,500 goal would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation. www.teamhoyt.com