One of my photography goals this year is to leave the house as often as possible with my camera in tow.  While it’s not quite second habit yet, I am getting better.  This last weekend I was in Cleveland to visit family and cheer on my sister as she competed in her first Triathlon.  I actually brought the camera!  I’m glad I did because I witnessed something unexpected that I won’t soon forget.

Riding for a cause

Sister racing with "together has power"

Before we got to Joanne’s,  I understood she was a competing on a team that would complete the race.  Her contribution to the team was the bicycling portion.  What I didn’t know was that she was part of much larger team (over 100 people) that were all racing to raise money and awareness for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland.  It seems that Joanne is acquainted with the family mentioned in this article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.   Vince and Susan Ketterer complete the triathlon every year with their son Myles.  Myles suffers from CP and his parents assist Myles throughout the event (pulling him behind in a boat, then a bike and finally taking turns pushing him, and some siblings, in strollers).

"together is power"

Father Vince Ketterer pulls his son Myles in Cleveland Triathalon

It was very touching, especially when the family crossed the finish with Myles walking himself across the line.  I think he had one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen.  It’s sad to think that unless a cure is found that Myles won’t always be able to finish the race this same way.  It’s nice to think that there are still families as close as this one.

Myles Ketterer crosses the finish line of the 2010 Cleveland Triathalon

I didn’t take a fantastic picture at this event, but I’m glad I was there and I’m glad I was there with my camera.  This is a weekend I won’t soon forget and I’m happy I have the pictures to mark the occasion.