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8-Year-Old Boy Finds a Way to Include 6-Year-Old Disabled Brother in Triathlon

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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2014

Eight-year-old Noah Aldrich proved that anything is possible if he puts his mind to it.

When Noah heard about a local youth triathlon, he had an interesting idea. Not only did he want to do it, but he also wanted his six-year-old brother, Lucas, to be able to participate.

According to's A. Pawlowski, the two boys are inseparable, but getting them to do the triathlon together would take a lot of work. Lucas was born with lissencephaly, a rare brain malformation, and is confined to a wheelchair. He can't walk or talk, but is doing much better than doctors expected. 

No matter how much work it took, Noah wanted to make sure that he could take his brother along for the experience at the triathlon.

With Lucas weighing about 50 pounds and the bike trailer adding on an additional 40 pounds, Noah needed to train for three months in order to build up the strength and endurance to make sure he could push and pull his brother through all three stages.

The story is remarkable.

In 95-degree heat, Noah pushed through the triathlon.

Swimming (200 meters)

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Biking (3 miles)

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Running (1 mile)

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It took a lot of work, but in the end, it was worth it for Noah to share the experience with Lucas.

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