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Dick and Rick – Friday Fictioneers

It has been Thursday for 16 minutes already but here I am, finally getting my Friday Fictioneers story up. I wrote a whole story at work and then decided… meh. So I flushed it. Then I did a little research because this is what I really wanted to share and voilà, here I am!

Thank you, always, to Rochelle for being here week after week, gathering us crazy peeps together. This week, she chose Linda Kreger‘s fabulous photo.

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Dick and Rick

Dick and June were told to put Rick into an institution when he was born. He would never amount to anything as he was a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.  They dismissed them as they noticed their son’s eyes followed them when they moved and lit up when they spoke to him.

Ignoring all naysayers, they treated Rick like any normal kid and eventually got what they needed for Rick to be able to communicate.

A love of sports was all Dick needed to be his son’s arms and legs to participate in his first race.

Team Hoyt was born.

“Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”



125 thoughts on “Dick and Rick – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Dale,

    This was certainly worth the wait. Beautifully told and the video was the icing on the cake. Thank you for sharing this. A lovely way to start my morning. I’ll dry my eyes and move on now. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Shalom and lotsa hugs,


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  2. That is a wonderful, uplifting story, Dale. LOVE it to the moon and back! What an awesome family Team Hoyt is!


  3. I. Love. This!
    Yay to Team Hoyt, and yay to you for tying this lovely story into the prompt photo – so apt! The delight and the movement and the love and the everything.

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  4. Q,

    When you said you wanted to take it a different way, you weren’t lying!

    You took a side road with your idea and turned it into an eight lane highway! Team Hoyt is such an inspirational story of beating the odds and team work. I read about them several years back following the Boston bombings. They were running that marathon when the bombing occurred and as a result were unable to finish the race.

    Nothing stopped those two, though. Nothing ever could.

    What a totally unique take on this week’s challenge.Finish line perfect, even. 😉


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  5. I happen to have a few friends with handicapped children (now long adults too) – all of these children, w/o any exception, were the most loved and supported kids ever, assisted in their daily ‘struggle’ – and I will never be able to praise their parents and carers enough. And you know what: Every single one of those former kids have become the most amazing, loving, cheerful and warm-hearted adults one could wish for.
    I re-watched The Dressmaker yesterday with Kate Winslet & Liam Hemsworth. I was particularly touched by “Teddy’s” brother who gave – in all his innocence (which was the reason that only his family listens to him!) evidence of How the boy died…. and now I read your story! I like it when my life and your brain co-incide! 🙂

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      • I only just have searched for the Biggest Love Story of all times, the Rick & Dick Hoyt Team….. cried buckets of tears – how incredible and totally amazing!

        Had no idea what other commentators were talking about.

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      • Sorry, sorry, sorry, I didn’t see the video (maybe when I read your story, I only saw a code on the right hand side (with the bell….) and it’s just now I see that in fact you DID tell their story – and I went through the trouble of looking them up on YT when you gave all the info….. and all in 100 words or so! Feel like a right idiot now.

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        • No worries, Kiki. I am glad you looked them up and found videos. It’s a beautiful story.
          Do not feel like an idiot. I find that with the reader or on the notification panel, we don’t often see the links. I had to go on my blog post to see yours!

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  6. Dale, I’m so glad you shared this wonderful story. I’d seen/heard of it before, but it’s been some time. Great to see the video, wonderful to consider the lengths to which this man took fatherhood.

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  7. One of our 18 grandkids is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He loves sports and makes everyone feel so good and special. But he is the one that is special. It is amazing that he brings happiness to everyone he meets. We have all learned a lot from him.

    Thanks for your wonderful story.

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