A boy in Idaho has made headlines ever since the world learned that he completed a triathlon with his disabled younger brother who couldn’t walk or talk, and how he managed to pull this feat off is what’s amazing.
In July 2014, Noah Aldrich, of Boise, surprised everyone by finishing a youth triathlon when he was 8 years old with his then-6-year-old brother, Lucas.
Noah pulled and pushed his wheelchair-bound brother throughout the entirety of the competition.
Lucas was diagnosed with lissencephaly, a rare brain disorder, at just 3 months old.
“He can’t walk, he can’t talk, but he’s the happiest little guy you can ever imagine and he just loves being around people,” their mom, Alissa Aldrich, told TODAY Parents.
And Noah loves Lucas with all his heart.
“They have an amazing bond. They’re best friends and they do everything together,” Aldrich said. “The connection and the love that they share is truly unique.”
“I like everything about him, he’s perfect,” Noah said.
“Lucas is really special,” Noah told 7KTVB. “I care about him just as much as he cares about me.”
Naturally, when Noah heard of a YMCA youth triathlon, he was determined to take part with Lucas.
He trained for nearly three months so that he could swim, run, and bike by pulling and pushing Lucas.
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And since that first shot, there’s been many more that they’ve undertaken.
“I can’t even keep track of how many triathlons we’ve done,” Noah said. “I do triathlons with Lucas because he can’t do anything by himself, I just want to give him those experiences.”
In January, Noah learned that he won the Walter Camp Football Foundation American Hero Award.
He even got a standing ovation when he made a speech at the ceremony.
“It felt really good,” Noah said. “Just Lucas’ smile is the best thing I could ask for, no award will add up to that.”
It’s heartwarming to see their brotherly love.
“He’s so humble and it’s really all about Lucas,” Aldrich said. “I don’t think he would do triathlons if it wasn’t for Lucas.
“In the end we just want people to remember Noah and Lucas for their love and kindness. I think the world right now isn’t so kind, and so having that as a legacy of brotherly love.”