Both marathon fans and fans simply of the human spirit are more than likely to know the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. The father/son team, who make their home in scenic Holland, MA, will be running in their 30th Boston Marathon next month.
This, in itself, is a truly amazing accomplishment.
The milestone is made 26.2 times more amazing by the facts that the elder Hoyt, Dick, is 71 years old, and his son, Rick, who celebrated his 50th birthday in January, has spent his life in a wheelchair. Rick lives each day as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, the result of oxygen deprivation at birth.
Dick pushes Rick in a wheelchair for each and every step of the 26.2-mile event to the delight of the millions of adoring fans who know their inspiring lifelong adventure. Their entire story of inspiration can be found on their website at www.teamhoyt.com or on the pages of their best-selling new book, Devoted—The Story of a Father's Love for His Son.
As they do each year, Dick and Rick Hoyt have assembled a team of runners from Australia, Canada and around the United States who comprise The Hoyt Foundation 2012 Boston Marathon team.
The team will be running to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity whose purpose is to help integrate disabled people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives. Friends, fans and anyone moved by their inspirational story can donate towards the marathon team's aggressive $200,000 fund raising goal at Team Hoyt Crowdrise. As of today the team has raised over $87,000 with six weeks to go before the gun sounds.
The principal sponsor of Team Hoyt is John Hancock, who are also celebrating their 27th year as sponsor of the Boston Marathon. A special thanks goes out to John Hancock from Dick and Rick and from the 45 runners that make up the 2012 Team Hoyt Marathon Team.
Dick and Rick Hoyt go to great lengths to share their Yes You Can story and are proud to be joined by some equally inspirational runners.