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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:44 AM

Devoted dad runs triathlon carrying his teenager daughter

'She is my heart and I am her legs': Devoted dad runs triathlon carrying his teenager daughter with cerebral palsy because she loves being outdoors

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'.

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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Major Nikon Jan 2013 OP
shenmue Jan 2013 #1
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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:16 AM

1. Okay, I'm going to cry.

Yay!

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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:22 PM

2. I hear ya.

But for some reason having a little trouble seeing right now.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:16 PM

3. I have a relative with CP.

Beautiful. Thanks for that.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:46 PM

4. I do too

I just think this dad should be an inspiration to all dads if not to all people.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:21 PM

5. Absolutely.

It just brings it home all that much more.

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