A devoted father has completed a triathlon carrying his 13-year-old cerebral palsy-afflicted daughter across land and through water so that she could complete the gruelling event. Rick van Beek's feat of endurance and show of love for his daughter Madison have led many to call the man from Byron Center, Michigan the 'father of the century'. But it is not the first race of its kind for van Beek, who said he has participated in more than 70 events, including half-marathons, triathlons and other outdoor races, as part of 'Team Maddy'.
Maddy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy two months after she was born. 'It was one of the worst days of our lives,' van Beek told Fox 17. 'Everybody prays that their children are healthy and for eight years I still wished that she had been a healthy child, but if she wouldn't have been like she is then we wouldn't be the people that we are today.'
There's a very powerful message here. They stopped grasping and accepted what was, and realized that if she hadn't been the way she was, they wouldn't be the way they were. She being very sick and unable to locomote easily, and he being very healthy and able to complete a triathlon while carrying her. That's the power of true unity right there, and we find this when we stop trying to go against it, but realizing we compliment each other.
'Everybody prays that their children are healthy and for eight years I still wished that she had been a healthy child, but if she wouldn't have been like she is then we wouldn't be the people that we are today.'
Originally posted by anon72
I can't get this story out of my head.
I don't have any of my own children. I can only imagine the love this man has for his child.
Besure to read the whole story. This isn't just a one time race thing to prove a point.
It is part of his life. Interesting not much said about the mother.