Father’s Day Story
Rick Hoyt is a special son. When Rick was born, he had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and restricted the blood flow and oxygen to his brain during late brain development. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which, for those who don’t know, is a degenerative disease that limits or completely incapacitates muscular movements. As a result of the lack of oxygen, his brain cannot send the correct messages to his muscles to get them to move, essentially making him a “vegetable”, incapable of moving or speaking on his own. He eventually learned how to communicate with a computer where his brain would connect to the machine that would type out messages. He was 11 when he learned to use this computer and was able to go to school for the first time.
Dick Hoyt is a special father. After his son Rick was born with cerebral palsy, he did everything in his power to find a way for Rick to communicate. After Rick was fitted with his computer, he communicated to his dad that he wanted to run in a race together for a classmate who used to play lacrosse and had become paralyzed. He wanted to prove that life went on no matter your disability. Dick Hoyt was not by any means a runner and was, at the time 36 years old. The race was 5 miles long and after they ran together, Dick pushing his son in a wheelchair, Rick said to his father through the computer, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” This inspired Dick to run with his son everyday. They began to enter race after race and the duo became quite a team, competing in 1, 108 endurance events, including 72 marathons and 6 Ironman triathlons. They ran in the Boston Marathon 32 times and the pair ran across the United States in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in a mere 45 days.
Dick and Rick Hoyt have a bronze statue raised in their honor, dedicated on April 8, 2013 near the start of the Boston Marathon. They did not complete the 2013 Boston Marathon because they had about a mile to go when two bombs exploded at the finish line. Adding to their achievements, the pair was honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award on July 17th 2013. The last marathon they competed in together was the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.
Their story is one of the most touching stories about a father’s love for his son. Dick was in no shape to being training when he began running with his son and by the end, he was able to obtain a personal record of running a 5km run in only 17 minutes, while pushing his son. The amount of love that he had for his son surpassed any physical disability that stood in their way. Dick Hoyt is a selfless, compassionate man who completely embodies the true meaning of the word father.
The Stevie Wonder song “Isn’t She Lovely” is about his newborn daughter, Aisha. If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying during the song! Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with 80 million cards given every year! 20 percent of all Father’s Day cards purchased are actually given to husbands who are not yet fathers.
This Father’s Day, take a look at some of our pieces that we have for the special man in your life. Watches, money clips, and rings are a great way to say to your dad that you love him! Click the Men’s Jewelry tab to see some of our pieces and we’ll help you get your dad the perfect, lasting gift to say, “I love you”.