The Long family defied advice their special-needs son, Cayden, be sent to “a home.”
Cayden and his older brother, Connor, instead have gone on to perform in numerous triathlons together and raised awareness for those with cerebral palsy.
“The one thing that makes me really mad is when people walk down the road and say the r-word, if you know what that is. I just tell them that, like, it doesn’t matter what he looks out on the outside. It matters what’s on the inside. And he still has regular feelings like we do and he understands what you say about him,” said Connor.
“If people could race with people that can’t walk or talk — or have any kind of autism — it might open eyes of people that don’t really care about it and maybe people that don’t care in the past will care in the future and actually do it with somebody.”