A double amputee is taking the triathlon circuit by storm and is helping sick children along the way.
- Hector Picard lost both of his arms in 1992
- He's running 25 triathlons this year
- Picard runs with a picture of a sick child from Broward County
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Hector Picard lost both of his arms in 1992 when he was shocked by a substation transformer at work.
"There was no choice, I couldn't feel sorry for myself," Picard said. "I had a 1-year-old daughter, a wife, and I had to be the husband and father I was before. So, there was no choice, I had to live. I had that second chance, and I am making the most of it."
Picard, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, is making the most of it by running triathlons to help sick kids in Broward County.
He started a campaign called Racing for True Champions, and he is wearing a picture of a sick child receiving treatment at Broward Children's Center around his neck in all 25 triathlons he is racing in this year.
Picard competed in the Tri Fort De Soto on Saturday with a picture of 2-year-old Michael.
"I am racing for these kids, and when I feel tired and I want to quit, I look at a picture of Michael in this case and there's no choice," Picard said. "I got to keep going. I want to win him a medal."
Picard will take the medal he won Saturday to Michael later this week.
"At some point, he may look at it and wonder what it is, or they will show him videos and hopefully it will inspire him to do things in his life," Picard said.
Picard is also training to become the first double amputee to complete the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October.