One of Eagle's 'Triathlon Brothers' receives prestigious national award
In January, 12-year-old Noah Aldrich won the Walter Camp Football Foundation American Hero Award.
EAGLE - In the summer of 2014, we brought you the inspiring story of Noah and Lucas Aldrich - two young brothers with a special bond.
They earned national headlines thanks to their team participation in triathlon competitions. Noah pushes and pulls Lucas, who is wheelchair-bound, through each competition.
Almost four years later, and after dozens of triathlons - the story continues. Big brother Noah is now 12, and he has been honored with a prestigious national award.
Lucas was diagnosed with a condition when he was three months old called Lissencephaly. He can't walk, talk, and he has to be fed through a feeding tube.
"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."
Through their young lives, Noah has always been Lucas' biggest fan.
"Lucas is really special," Noah said. "I care about him just as much as he cares about me."
The dynamic duo started competing in triathlons in 2014.
"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."