This dad is my hero — he should be yours too (27 Photos)

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Rick Beek’s Facebook page

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  • Mike

    Amazing story–Thank you for such an inspiring message

    • professor

      lets go chive .. this child shall want for nothing !!!!

    • Aoi

      What a great team! suddenly i have this urge to hug my son.

    • EdmontonChiver

      Thanks! A father that all men should strive to be like.

    • Sarah

      everyone should check out Team Hoyt too – Over 1000 races completed.

    • Daniel McGrath

      Every father should strive to be this guy. I try every day.

    • DeDav

      She couldn't be more sweet, and he couldn't be more awesome. They're so great!

    • Shaun

      One of the most inspirational people in my life has a similar story. Check it out

  • John

    Awesome Dad is Awesome!

    • Emucratic

      Father of the Year. *cries manly tear*

    • Mike

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • thorthechiver

      This man is the epitome epic. My hat is off to you sir

  • rob


    • placenta_smoothie

      rob ur so cool man, congrats

      • MonkeyMadness

        You misspelled "fucking douchebag"

    • Slip

      You're a d bag and the first. Congratulations.

  • rob


  • Bob Miller

    Teams like this are great and an inspiration to us all. Look at any 5K or Tri and you will see a local super dad.

  • ZoxyMusic

    #27 Dude, you rock!

  • Bob

    People like Rick are the reason I still have faith in humanity.

    • Nick


      • Filiberto Rodriguez

        x 10

    • craby


  • Ryan Duncan

    Makes me wonder what the hell am I doing with my life

    • squirrel

      Y'all can change that, just do what you love and be around those that make you smile, no worries. Hope everyone has a good day… Btw, I'm a veteran that gave up a career, insurance for my daughter and I, and steady pay check to sink myself into hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt so I can hopefully be a doctor and go back into the Army and do more for the soldiers I once served with, and no, I do not get the G.I. Bill because I voluntarily ended my contract early so I can go to school. Just do what you love and the sacrifices made won't seem as harsh.

    • ezwelchman

      really puts things into perspective doesn't it

    • NCChiver

      Same here

    • AtlantaBurning

      Right. I had the same reaction. Never too late…

    • Red

      yea, I suck.

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  • geeno

    one love

  • mike

    Way to be a true father figure in your child's life. Bravo Zulu

  • Chive on!

    Super heroes are real you just have to look. If you guys need anything let the chive know :) KCCO Maddy and awesome dad!

  • SmokeyTheBear

    Now that's love…

  • Travioso Peligroso

    I saw a story on this guy on Real Sports. Luckily i was alone cause I cried like a baby during the show. He is a bad ass and a great human.

    • Guest

      The heck with "luckily I was alone" – this is one of the times clearly spelled out in the guy code where it's not only okay but actually manly to shed tears.

      Shot to the 'nads? Suck it up. Story like this? Let 'em flow.

      Great guy and a great story. 'course, with a name like that (Rick) he's got to be. :D

    • Wisti

      I was going through these right as my boss came in…and I was definitely teary eyed…So sweet and awesome :)

    • Joslin

      I saw that one but I think it was actually a different guy? He had a son who was disabled (it might have also been cerebral palsy), and the wife/mother had actually left when the son was very young. His son liked it when he rang with him in a special chair, so the dad started running marathons. In his 50s or so he found out that he had a heart condition. The doctors said he would have died years earlier if he hadn't been in such amazing shape…thanks to his son.

  • ChicO85T

    #25 what an awesome dad

  • Gurudel

    Damnit, who is cutting onions in here?

    • KeepinCalm

      no onions here – I straight up cried. makes me rethink my role as a dad

      • MattyDeuce

        yep, no shame in my crying game here either…amazing

      • Si1entStatic

        or gets me all fired up on having my first Son/Daughter. Can't wait now.

        • KeepinCalm

          Congrats…in advance :)

  • Lisa

    Not crying. Not a single tear. Onions. Swear it's onions.

    Excellent work Dad & Maddy. Respect to the whole family. Hugs.

    • Edwin Lopez

      LOL…. i was the same up to #24 water works now….

  • Busternut

    No onions here, just tears. No words can express the respect I have for this guy. He's on a different plane.

    • Don Terry

      Right there with you man. As a father I know the love he has for his daughter. As a man I have nothing but respect for this man and I cried like a little girl who's doll was just decapitated by an older brother.

  • Esperanza Alvarado

    #27 KCCO, sir….much ♥

  • Question_Mark_

    1st candidate for Chive Charities? Hero Dad is awesome!

    • Macro

      They seem to be doing OK on their own.

  • oilfield bill

    Rock on u the man that's awesome dead beat dads outhere take a good look at a real man!!!!

  • WhoDatTiger

    I would love to buy you a beer…but you gave that up for a better cause. You sir, are the man. KCCO. Maddy definitely looks like she's having a good time!

    • Gonasiphaherpalitis

      You could buy him a bud light. That's not real beer any ways.

  • Jeff Mondelblatt

    This man deserves a medal.

    • ohiobob

      His medal is that beautiful smile on Maddys face!!

  • HoosierChiver

    I've seen a couple stories like this, and they never cease to amaze me. What an awesome dad.

  • tomchalm

    So much pride in her, a true father!

  • joe

    Thanks for this chive.I needed a reminder of what it means to be a human being.

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