Ever heard the saying “small but mighty?” Nothing could be truer of Noah Aldrich. At just 8-years-old, Noah wanted to participate in a local youth triathlon. Extraordinarily, Noah’s reason for wanting to participate in the race was to do it with his little brother Lucas. Lucas, 6, has been diagnosed with a rare brain disorder called Lissencephaly—he will never walk, talk or eat on his own.
On July 12, 2014, the two brothers competed in the 200-meter swim, 3-mile bike ride and one-mile run. Noah pulled, biked and pushed Lucas the entire race and the brothers crossed the finish line together—Lucas smiling the whole way.
Four years later the brothers continue to race.
“I can’t even keep track of how many triathlons we’ve done,” Noah said. “I do triathlons with Lucas because he can’t do anything by himself, I just want to give him those experiences. Lucas is really special. I care about him just as much as he cares about me.”
Noah, now 12-years-old, received the Walter Camp Football Foundation American Hero Award—a prestigious national award.
“It felt really good,” he said. “Just Lucas’ smile is the best thing I could ask for, no award will add up to that.”
The family is thankful to still have Lucas with them and particularly thankful for the brother’s special bond. Throughout their young lives, Noah has always been Lucas’ biggest fan.
“The doctors, when he was very young, gave us a prognosis that he has a 50-50 chance of making it to the age 10,” said his mom, Alissa. “So we’re happy to say he turned 10 in October and it was a huge celebration because you really don’t know how long he will have.
“In the end we just want people to remember Noah and Lucas for their love and kindness,” Alissa said. “I think the world right now isn’t so kind, and so having that as a legacy of brotherly love.”
The races will continue and so will these brothers, conquering life one step at a time.