8-Year-Old Makes Sure Brother With Disabilities Completes Triathlon
As if completing a mini-triathlon at the age of 8 wasn’t impressive enough, this young man did it all while bringing his 6-year-old brother, who is unable to walk or talk, along for the ride.
Lucas Aldrich was born with a rare neurological condition known as lissencephaly, which leaves him unable to speak, walk or feed himself without assistance, according to his family’s blog. In addition, he is at a high risk for seizures, pneumonia and will likely have a shortened lifespan.
While Lucas’ condition is tragic, his family says that his older brother, Noah, is determined to make life feel as normal as possible.
“They definitely have a special bond, the two of them,” the boy’s father told KTVB. “You see Lucas light up so much when Noah enters the room. It just brings a smile to your face when you see the love between the boys.”
Earlier this month, Noah competed in the “Y Not Tri” mini-triathlon in Boise, Idaho, with his little brother in toe. Together they participated in a 1-mile run, a 3-mile bike ride and a 200-meter swim with Noah pushing and pulling Lucas in a stroller and raft.
“[Lucas] most of the time doesn’t get to do what I get to do; most the time when I play sports he has to just watch,” Noah told Fox 9. But this time, Lucas was able to do much more than watch as his brother pushed him in front across the finish line with a combined time of about 54 minutes.
“It’s just amazing to see the love between the brothers, and the willingness of Noah, that he wants to do something like this to include his brother in an event that a lot of kids with special needs would never get to do,” the boy’s mother told the outlet.
Lucas had a smile on his face for hours after the race, a commenter later noted on “Lucas House,” a Facebook page dedicated to him. Noah, meanwhile, is already asking about future races.
Watch the brothers in action in the KTVB video below:
Visit LucasHouse.org for more information on the Aldrich family’s mission.