The Aldrich family lives in Idaho, with 8-year-old Noah and 6-year-old Lucas.
Lucas was born with lissencephaly, a rare brain malformation that only occurs in 85,470 births. It can result in seizures, difficulty swallowing, and other serious problems.
When Noah heard about the local YMCA youth triathlon, he told his parents he wanted to take part, but with one very special request—he wanted to take his brother Lucas with him!
Noah trained for almost three months before the triathlon began.
On the big day, July 12, he cycled for 3 miles with his brother…
Swam over 200 yards…
And ran for 1 mile pushing Lucas in a special buggy.
“They have an amazing bond. They’re best friends and they do everything together,” mom Alissa Aldrich says. “The connection and the love that they share is truly unique.”
These brothers show us the meaning of love and friendship, and prove that no matter the obstacles, you can do anything when you put your heart and soul into it.
You don’t see incredible acts of love every day, but this 8-year-old shows us it doesn’t take much to make a huge difference in the lives of others.