Noah Aldrich, 14, regularly competes in youth triathlons. Triathlons are long-distance races that involve swimming, biking, and running. Noah hasn’t won a race, but he’s not trying to. He refuses to leave behind his 12-year-old brother, Lucas, who is in a wheelchair. Noah pulls his brother on a raft when he swims and in a trailer when he bikes. He pushes Lucas in a cart during the running portion of the triathlons.
Lucas has a rare condition called lissencephaly (lih-sehn-SEH-fuh-lee). This means “smooth brain.” People with the condition lack the folds that are part of a healthy brain. They can have difficulty walking, talking, and swallowing, among other symptoms.