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Cayden Long, Boy With Cerebral Palsy, Competes In New England Triathlon With Older Brother (VIDEO)

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Cayden Long, Boy With Cerebral Palsy, Competes In New England Triathlon With Older Brother (VIDEO)

 

Over the weekend, brothers Cayden and Connor Long joined hundreds of other children as they competed in the first annual New England Kids Triathlon in Cambridge, Mass., Examiner.com reports.

 

The boys did not win the event — they didn’t even come close. But that didn’t stop them from winning hearts across the Internet.

 

The Long brothers are not your typical triathletes. Six-year-old Cayden has cerebral palsy and can neither walk nor talk. But thanks to the dedication of his older brother, Connor, the young boy has participated in several triathlons.

 

“People don’t realize that when you’re special needs and in a wheelchair, you won’t be able to get out that much,” 9-year-old Connor told ESPN in November last year.

 

Wanting to help his brother experience sports like other children, Connor asked his parents if he and Cayden could compete together in a triathlon after he saw an ad for one last year.

 

His parents agreed and after working out the details with the event’s organizer, Connor and Cayden — under the name Team Long Brothers — took part in their first triathlon last June. It was held in Nashville, Tenn., not far from the boys’ hometown of Whitehouse. 

 

With Connor pushing and pulling his younger brother through the 2.5 mile course, the boys ended up coming in second last. But neither seemed to mind very much.

 

“[It was] pretty inspiring to some people and it was cool to me that I took on the challenge to pull my younger sibling,” said Connor, who uses a special raft, cart and stroller to get his brother around the race course.

 

 

 

He added that it’s just finishing the race that matters to him. That, and making sure his brother is enjoying himself.

 

“When I see him smiling and laughing, that means he’s having a good time,” Connortold ESPN.

 

According to Examiner.com, the brothers have already competed in several triathlons around the country, including the 2011 Iron Kids Triathlon.

 

Cayden’s mother said that participating in these events has given Cayden an extraordinary gift.

 

“I know it’s changed him,” she said. “With the help of his brother, he’s found something he can do.”

 

These photos of Connor and Cayden from the New England Kids Triathlon were posted by user jet_tripleseven on the social news site Reddit:

 

 

 

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Author: clancy119

I am a wife and mother of two grown boys. I am a passionate advocate for disabilities rights. I am a retired Senior Support Analyst for Bank of America. I love to read different quotes, and have a blog called "Quote Me". Words have great meaning to me. I also believe you have to have a positive attitude to get anywhere in life. That's why I have another blog called "Nagative Can =Positive". Hope you enjoy these two blogs

6 thoughts on “Cayden Long, Boy With Cerebral Palsy, Competes In New England Triathlon With Older Brother (VIDEO)

  1. I absolutely love this post!!

    • Minni, So happy you like the post. When I saw this video It made me cry…… Crazy thing about all this I have Cerebral Palsy. I was thinking how great for this kid to have a bother like this. 🙂 THIS IS TRULY He’s My Brother he’s not Heavy he my bother in action. How cool is that.

      • My son has cerebral palsy, but is thankfully mobile. His big sister, although hasn’t helped him to do a triathlon she has done LOTS more than most kids do for their brothers/sisters. This post really touched me. x

      • Yes my two sisters did a lot for me when I was younger. everyone had to help in the family. In a way I wished my sister had a sibs support group like they do now. I thnk it would have helped them.

        Be Well,

        Kathy 🙂

      • There are groups here for my daughter but she chooses not to go. She says she doesn’t see the need to? As long as she is happy, I don’t mind. She’s an amazing child and doesn’t really know it. I just wish her brother had the ability to understand how awesome she is and be grateful, but he has learning disabilities and only understands here and now.
        Take Care 🙂

      • I do understand. I am sure he dose in his own way. You take care.

        Peace,
        Kathy 🙂

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