Dick Hoyt, Who Ran Marathons While Pushing His Son, Dies at 80

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He completed over a thousand road races alongside his son Rick, who used a wheelchair. Their most famous races were in the Boston Marathon.

Dick Hoyt, known for pushing his son Rick in a wheelchair at races across the country, including the Boston Marathon, passed away on Wednesday at his residence in Holland, Mass. He was 80 years old.

The Boston Athletic Association, the organizer of the Boston Marathon, announced his passing. His son Russ mentioned that congestive heart failure was the cause.

Rick Hoyt, who was born in 1962, faced the challenges of being a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. His condition left him unable to move or communicate. In his book, “Devoted: The Story of a Father’s Love for His Son,” Dick Hoyt shared how they had developed a unique way of understanding Rick’s needs. Despite their efforts, they were aware that they were only making educated guesses based on Rick’s grins and nods.

In 1972, engineers at Tufts University developed a computer that enabled Rick to communicate by tapping his head to select letters. His initial words were “Go Bruins,” showing a keen passion for sports.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time! Please spread the word so this man receives the acknowledgment he has earned.

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