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Extraordinary 8-year-old boy finishes triathlon with his disabled brother

Idaho Boy Helps Brother With Disabilities Complete Triathlon

It's being called a story of extraordinary brotherly love - an 8-year-old boy determined to have his younger brother with special needs live a full, normal life helped him complete a youth triathlon.

Noah Aldrich told KIVI: "He most of the time doesn't get what I get to do. Like when I play sports, he has to just watch. I just wanted to finish with Lucas."

The boys' parents told NBC older brother Noah Aldrich pulled and pushed 6-year-old Lucas the entire time as he swam, biked and ran in the Y-Not Mini Triathlon in Boise, Idaho, earlier this month.

According to KTVB, Noah pushed Lucas in a jogging stroller for the course's 1-mile run, pulled the stroller behind his bike for the 3-mile ride and made the 200-meter swim with a harness around his chest that was attached to a raft holding his brother.

More often than not, we see stories like this of parents helping their children with special needs compete in races and other events.

But 8-year-old Noah's remarkably mature decision to help his brother came as no surprise to his family.

According to a blog about Lucas on the Aldrich family's CaringBridge page, Lucas was born with a rare genetic condition that's left him unable to walk, talk or eat on his own.

But even though he's only 8, Noah knows not to let that stop him from doing normal things with his brother every day.

Noah Aldrich told KTVB: "I like everything about him; he's perfect. We go on walks. We just walk around the neighborhood. (talking to Lucas) Are you having fun, little buddy?"

Siblings have teamed up like this before.

Back in 2012, ABC reported 9-year-old Conner Long and his 7-year-old brother, Cayden, were named Sports Illustrated's SportsKids of the year after they started traveling across the country to compete in triathlons together.

​As for Noah and Lucas, they were able to finish the youth triathlon in just over 54 minutes. And their parents and even the announcer at the race that day said they couldn't be prouder.

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robgersh July 23 2014 at 11:54 AM

What an amazing human being! If only the rest of society was filled with people like mim.

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Lisa July 23 2014 at 12:09 PM

What a sweet big brother.

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junelee0319 July 23 2014 at 12:18 PM

My God - what a beautiful young man

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Chucky1 July 23 2014 at 3:16 PM

And a child shall lead us. A child who sees perfection and beauty in others that many shun is indeed bright light in this dark world. What a true blessing Noah is.

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tazzubek66 July 23 2014 at 8:48 PM

This young boy and his family should be examples to the rest of the world about being kind, caring, loving and helpful to everyone. This boy and others like him restore my hope for not only our country but also for humanity.

So many of us get caught up in the superficial things in life and overlook the beauty of our fellow human beings.

Way to go, young man, and your brother is lucky to have you!

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katelin.winchester July 23 2014 at 4:49 PM

This is AWESOME. I just volunteered last weekend at a kids triathlon; I met a young girl who was participating in the marathon as a guide for her friend, who had trouble with her eyesight. It's incredible how considerate these kids can be!

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jewel July 23 2014 at 9:33 PM


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kbaby12345 July 23 2014 at 7:26 PM

Wow -- just plain wow. What a remarkable young man. May God bless you both!

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rjcarl20 July 23 2014 at 5:11 PM

What a great story... This should be the lead story on every news channel. Unfortunately our society is less interested in the good in people. Nice job Noah, you are a great kid with a huge heart. You set a great example for all of us!!!!

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Trish July 24 2014 at 12:19 AM

That boy is such an angel, he's good material for a adult. That boy will do much in life for himself, what a lucky brother.

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