For triathlon events, he pulls her through the water in a kayak during the swimming portion. Then, she travels in a cart behind his bike during the bicycling section. Finally, he pushes her in a three-wheel buggy during the running part of the event. It is truly an inspiring story of the love of a parent.
Rick said that he sees the joy Maddy gets when she is outside and feels the breeze in her face. “I am her legs and she is my heart,” he admits. “The emotion drives me or inspires me to do the things I do. Call it inspiration, call it motivation, call it whatever you want. I call it love. That will never fade. Although someday she might not physically be able to be there with me, she will always be in my heart, cheering me on,” he continues.
See the inspiring video below and for more information, read this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2188373/Rick-van-Beek-Devoted-dad-runs-triathlon-carrying-teenager-daughter-cerebral-palsy.html