How A Father and Son Inspire Me On Fathers Day

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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I submit for you this week’s inspirational story.  Each week I search high and low for support and reasons for you to stay on the path towards your greatest dreams.  This weeks inspirational video is about Dick and Rick Hoyt who are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete in all types of marathon and triathlon races. Together they have also climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

Rick the son can’t walk or talk.

For the past twenty five years Dick, the father in this video has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in a wheelchair,attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a boat being pulled by Dick.

Now I dare you to tell me you can’t get up and make your dream come true.

In honor of Dick and the many fathers like him, we 8 women salute you this father’s day.  Where would we women be without once having a dad?

Happy Father’s day.

Who inspires you this week?

Keep on dreaming –


Catherine_50x50(This week Catherine worked on the marketing of this blog, attended Toastmasters, lead a meeting of 8 Women Dream which was akin to herding cats, and is hiking Spring Lake 3 days a week. Catherine’s dream is to be a motivator, motivational speaker and published writer. She is testing her theories on motivation with this blog and the seven other women who have volunteered to be a part of her dream project. Catherine also writes about her life as a mom at the blog A Week In The Life Of A Redhead. Someday, she would also like to be invited to speak at TED.)

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Thank you Tara for your comment. I watch this video when I am feeling sorry for myself and need a kick in the butt. I’m glad you liked it too. Cath

  • Tara

    This video made me cry the entire time. whoa. It was the best thing I’ve watched this year. thank you.