My Hero

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Annabelle Staid
Mrs. Gustafson
English 4 honors
16 August 2012
My Hero: Dick Hoyt
Many teenagers have heroes who are athletes or performers simply because they are famous and wealthy individuals. I chose my hero, Dick Hoyt, because he does not desire fame or money. Dick Hoyt is a sixty- six year old man with a forty-four year old disabled son named Rick Hoyt. On January 10th, 1962, when Rick Hoyt was born, doctors told Dick and Judy Hoyt that their son needed to be institutionalized because he would be a vegetable for his whole life. Dick and Judy decided to not take this advice; they decided to raise Rick as a normal child. As he got older they got a computer built for Rick so that he could communicate. One day Rick and Dick participated in a 5k race benefiting cerebral palsy. After that race, Rick told Dick that when he raced, it felt as though his disability went away. That statement marked the beginning of hundreds of races. Dick pushes Rick in a wheelchair for running. There is a seat on the front of Dick’s bike for biking, and for swimming Dick tows Rick in a boat. This shows incredible strength by Dick, much like Beowulf shows. I believe Dick Hoyt and Beowulf of the poem Beowulf share many qualities, such as working hard for the betterment of others, assisting in other peoples’ dreams, and making countless sacrifices.

When Rick and Dick participated in their first race, they finished in second to last place. After Dick saw how happy Rick was just participating in the race, Dick started thinking what else he could do to make his son happy. Dick then began training, day after day, running with Rick in his wheel-chair. Training is no easy task. It starts to take a toll on your body, especially when you are above the age of thirty. Dick did not care about how much he had to work; he was going to make his son as happy as possible. Dick and Rick eventually trained hard enough to do an iron man race. The iron man consists of a 2.4- mile...
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