inspirational team work

Team Hoyt accepts ESPY “Jimmy V ” Award

Dick and Rick Hoyt are the father-and-son team who has run 31 Boston Marathons together so far.  Dick pushes his son Rick who has cerebral palsy in a wheelchair the 26.2 miles every year. Last night they were honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs.  Rick Hoyt shared his thoughts via electronic device, “Thirty-seven years ago, no one would even talk to us, but because my Dad said yes when I asked him to push me in the first race, and my family, especially my brothers Rob and Russ, have always stood by us and helped us persevere, even with so many people telling us we did not belong, we are here.” They are amazing examples for everyone , proving the words of Jimmy Valvano the late North Carolina State men’s basketball coach the award was named after, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.’” The Boston natives were going to hang up their running shoes with this last marathon but due to circumstances they decided they will run in next year’s marathon too.  Dick, the father, shared this takeaway with the audience, “Next time you see someone in a wheelchair or who can’t talk or walk, or they may  talk or walk a little bit different, they are people too and deserve to be able to  live, learn work and play. “  


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Timberland brand creates custom shoes for child with AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis)

Timberland footwear may be known for their rugged shoes but they should also be known for their “kind souls.”  The footwear company based out of New Hampshire recently went out of their way to provide a custom footwear solution, at no additional charge, for a THERAPY 2000 family member’s young daughter. The family was having issues finding shoes that fit over their daughters new AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis). THERAPY 2000, t2000.com is based in Texas and provides in home pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapy for children with developmental delays and disabilities.Ira Kirkley’s (Executive Director of Strategic Development at THERAPY 2000) daughter was in need of some new summer shoes after a recent surgery and six weeks of wearing casts. Ira’s daughter has cerebral palsy and has received treatment from THERAPY 2000 since long before he became an employee. She needed new, larger AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis) to support her mobility. AFOs provide support for weak muscles and place the ankle-foot in the correct position for walking. As is common with children with cerebral palsy, walking is made difficult due to excessive tone in her muscles.  Though just what the doctor ordered, the family was having a difficult time finding a shoe that would fit over her new, larger AFOs. This is a common problem since most shoes are not wide-enough, too tight in the toe box or require lacing which is difficult for many children wearing AFOs.  Parents often turn to velcro strapped shoes as a solution but most are not designed long enough to stretch over the AFOs. Mrs. Kirkley found a pair of purple and pink Timberland sandals at a local retailer that she knew her daughter would love since they matched the color of her new[ap1]  AFO’s.  Unfortunately the straps weren’t long enough to fit around […]


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