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Young Boy Carries His Disabled Brother Through Triathlon (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An 8-year-old Idaho boy participated in a mini-triathlon while pushing and pulling his disabled 6-year-old brother the entire way.

Noah Aldrich pulled his brother Lucas through the water and pushed him in a cart all the way to finish line.

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Lucas, who suffers from lissencephaly, can’t walk, talk or eat on his own.

"They said he'd be non-verbal, be in a wheelchair, not be able to eat, and have a shortened life span," their mother Alissa Aldrich told KTVB. "He's doing way better than we ever expected."

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"They definitely have a special bond, the two of them," their father Brian Aldrich said. "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.

"We're a very active family and we love do to bike and run and stuff and we want him to be a part of that," he added.

When Noah learned about the YMCA Kids Club program to participate in a kids triathlon including swimming, biking and running, he was interested.

"He said 'Mom, I want to do this with my brother,'" Alissa recalled. "That's where the idea was born and I think the next day we started training."

Noah wore a harness and pulled Lucas through the water in a raft. He biked three miles pulling Lucas in a jogging stroller and he ran one mile pushing the stroller.

"It was really exciting to watch them and a little nerve-racking as parents, but they did so good and we're proud of them," Alissa said.

KTVB named Noah as one of their Seven’s Heroes this month.

Sources: Newser, KTVB

Image screenshot: KTVB