He Is a Super Dad (33 pics)

Rick van Beek of Byron Center, Michigan, used to be an ordinary guy who wasn’t much of an athlete. However, in the past few years he quit smoking and chewing tobacco and started running. He has participated in lots of races since then, but there is one thing that ultimately distinguishes him among other runners…


Rick always runs carrying his 13-year-old daughter Maddy, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Maddy is unable to talk or walk, and one of the few things her parents know about her is that the girl enjoys being outside and feel the breeze in her hair and in her face. Rick pushes Maddy in a buggy, pulls her in a special bike when it comes to cycling and pulls her through the water in a custom-made kayak. Together the “Team Maddy” has participated in more than 70 triathlons, half-marathons and other outdoor races.

Rick says that the best reward for him is the happy smile on the face of his daughter.


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  1. Capt Syed
    May God Bless moth of them

    I am very sorry I mean BOTH of them.
  2. Forbidden
    I am happy to see other fathers as good as my own, who too dedicated his life to taking care of his sick child as best as he can. These are the men that restore hope in humanity.
  3. a dad
    this is a real hero !!!!!
  4. Mistake
    i ´m horny now
  5. dad of 2
    this is just the highest level of love
  6. neme
    Walter White with son ?
  7. Scarlett Johansson
    Great father
  8. gigantes
    brought a tear to my eye. i think there is a deep urge within most of us to protect innocence.
  9. TB
    Super-hero dad
  10. incognito562
    love this story.
  11. sparkler
    totes his retarded kid around, and people think he's a superdad.... its like he's proud to have a retarded kid..
  12. Crusher Of Dreams
    He DOES look like Mr.Heisenberg !!! And like Walter he also cares for his disabled child !! They should get together and then their children could fall in love !!
  13. Troll
    Reminds me of http://www.teamhoyt.com/ show how inadequate I am as a father...
  14. dont know who I am
    I wish every person will become like him,
    he is a great hero and a great example for the dads who doesnt care about their kids.
  15. Kitten
    amazing dad!

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