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They say parents would do anything for their  children. For Rick van Beek, this includes carrying his thirteen year old  disabled daughter as he races in triathlons, half-marathons and other running  races. Rick’s daughter, Maddy, was born with cerebral palsy 13 years ago. She cannot walk or talk and they are not sure if she can see. Nonetheless, Rick began racing alongside his daughter in what he calls: Team Maddy. 

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





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