LIFE

Dad And Paralyzed Son Struggle In Tough Mudder, Then 5 Strangers Come To Carry Them To The End

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Neil Landmann was helping his 22-year-old son Josh compete in the Tough Mudder Half on May 13, 2017, at Belvoir Castle in Grantham, England. Josh is paralyzed from the chest down

In the clip below, the dad and son duo is having trouble with the Everest 2.0 section, which is a quarter-pipe obstacle that is super slippery and steep, causing athletes to fall and have to start over.

Neil begins by pushing his son up the steep ramp as Josh tries to grab onto the rope. Since Josh can’t run and jump to the rope like other competitors, it takes more effort for the du0 — but they don’t give up!

That’s when, unknown to them, a total stranger comes from the side and assists the two. Then another woman comes to help. After these two generous women help, it’s like a domino effect. Three more strangers stop competing and help Neil propel Josh to the dangling rope.

Josh gets all the way up the rope and falls, but he laughs the entire time. The strangers and his dad don’t call it quits. They work together to get Josh back up that rope. It only takes one more try to succeed!

Josh competed in the Tough Mudder Half to raise funds for spinal research. He set up a crowdfunding page that you can donate to by clicking here.

For more information on Tough Mudder, follow the competition on Facebook, and visit their US and UK sites.

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Footage provided by Tough Mudder

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