Heartwarming: 8-year-old boy carries disabled brother through triathlon
It was a heartbreaking diagnosis.
A rare brain condition means 6-year-old Lucas will never walk, talk or eat on his own.
But, Lucas Aldrich’s loving parents are dedicated to making sure this little boy has the best life possible.
His 8-year-old brother Noah is his best friend, and when you see the bond these two brothers have, and what they are able to accomplish together – it’s something you’ll never forget.
“They definitely have a special bond, the two of them. You see Lucas light up so much when Noah enters the room,” said Brian Aldrich, the boy’s father.
8-year-old Noah Aldrich loves his brother.
“I like everything about him, he’s perfect,” Noah said.
They’ve been best friends since Lucas was born.
Lucas was born with a rare condition called Lissencephaly.
“They said he’s be non-verbal, be in a wheelchair, not be able to eat, and have a shortened life span,” Alissa Aldrich said.
“He’s doing better than we ever expected,” Brian Aldrich said.
The Aldrich family heard about the YMCA Kids Club program and their triathlon, and that’s when Noah had an idea.
“Can I do that,” Noah asked.
“He said mom, I want to do this with my brother. That’s where the idea was born and I think the next day we started training,” Alissa Aldrich said.
Running, biking and swimming together to get ready. 8-year-old Noah was pushing and pulling his brother right along with him.
When the big day came, team Lucas house was ready to roll.
Noah was nervous.
“Just am… because I haven’t done one with Lucas before,” Noah said.
“They will start with a 200 meter swim,” Alissa said.
And swim he did!
“Then we bike… and I’m going to be pulling Lucas,” Noah said.
Noah pulled his brother for three miles. No easy feat for an 8-year-old.
“Then they transfer to the run and they’ll do a one mile run,” Alissa said.
“I’m going to be pushing Lucas in the WIKE,” Noah said.
It was exhausting, and an incredible show of strength and love for his little brother.
Then, the part everyone was waiting for – the finish line.
Noah and Lucas felt the thrill of the finish.
And so did their emotional mom and dad.
Noah did it for Lucas. An inspiration for all who saw it, and something this family will never forget.