Boy with rare condition completes triathlon with brother’s help

NEW YORK (NBC) - It was a heartbreaking diagnosis. A rare brain condition means 6-year-old Lucas will never walk, talk or eat on his own.

However, 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, father of the two sons. 8-year old Noah Aldrich loves his little brother, “I like everything about him; he’s perfect.” They’ve been best friends since Lucas was born, with a rare condition called “Lissencephaly.”

“They said he’d be non verbal, be in a wheelchair, not be able to eat, and have a shortened life span,” said Alissa Aldrich, mother of the two.

“He’s doing way better than we ever expected,” said the father.

The Aldrich family heard about the YMCA kid’s club program and a kid’s triathlon. That’s when Noah had an idea.

“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,” said the mother.

“At the YMCA, we’re in the triathlon club,” said Noah. Running, biking and swimming together to get ready, 8 year old Noah pushing and pulling his brother right along with him. “He’s just going to be happy that he did the race,” said Noah.

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.”

“We have this cord thing that wraps around me and it snaps to a raft that Lucas is in, and I just swim,” said Noah before starting the swimming portion of the triathlon. And swim he did! As hard as he could, with his brother in tow. “Then we bike and I’m going to be pulling Lucas,” said Noah. 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,” said the mother. “I’m going to be pushing Lucas in the bike,” said Noah.

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 this emotional mom and dad.

“Good job Noah, I’m so proud of you!”
“Good job Lucas!”
“Lucas, did you have fun?”
“Did you like all the people cheering for you?”
“Mmm hmmm!”

They were over the moon for their boys. “It was really exciting to watch them and a little nerve wracking as parents, but they did so good and we’re proud of them,” said the mother.

Noah did it, for Lucas. An inspiration for all who saw and something this family will never forget. The family is already creating a legacy for Lucas, a non-profit called Lucas House.

To find out more about the charity and it’s mission, go to www.lucashouse.org.

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