Harry with Izzy Paskowitz

Harry and Izzy - (Izzy is the Founder of Surfer’s Healing)

Izzy and Scott Cohen; the Director of Surfer’s Healing Virginia Beach

Together- You Can Do Anything!

Rick Hoyt uses a wheelchair. That has not stopped him from living a very full and amazing life. He’s competed in the Boston Marathon 30 times and in Ironman Triathlons six times. He, along with his dad, Dick, have formed “Team Hoyt” and they have competed around the world doing marathons and triathlons.

The Hoyts have competed in over 1075 athletic events in the last 33 years. Dick, 72, is a retired Lt. Colonel, having served in the military for 35 years. Rick, 50, is...a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Special Education.

Rick was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person – but despite these disabilities, Rick’s mind and spirit have always been strong. His family supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education and the workplace, culminating with his graduation from Boston University.

Dick travels the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness and promoting the Team Hoyt motto, “Yes You Can”. Through his presentation, Dick shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities. He and his family have seen an impact from their efforts in the area of public attitude toward people with disabilities.

On Friday August 17th Harry’s Heroes will help bring Dick Hoyt to Virginia Beach to speak at the welcome luau for this year’s Surfer’s Healing camp. It is through the generosity  of donors like you that allow Harry’s Heroes to sponsor events like this and promote inspiration like the Team Hoyt story. Please donate to Harry’s Heroes today so we may keep supporting organizations and individuals like Rick and Dick Hoyt. You may visit their website at to learn more about their story and see many pictures of their journey through their 33 years of racing.


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