Girl with progeria becomes best friend of weightlifter
David Douglas thought he knew what it meant to be strong. After all, it is 1.83m and weighs 149kg! In addition, he is a former Marine who is currently a weight lifter dubbed "The Beast". David is able to lift 349 kg! Even with all that, it was only when he met Lindsay Ratcliffe, 12, who discovered what it really means to be strong.
Little Lindsay has an extremely rare genetic disease called progeria. It is characterized by an extremely rare and progressive genetic disorder that causes the child to age rapidly, starting within the first two years of life, or even at birth. Unfortunately, the life expectancy for a child with progeria is about 13 years, but some die younger and others reach 20 years or more. "When you see her, people never imagine she's struggling with something so difficult because she's always smiling," David said.
David and Lindsay met in 2013 at a weight-lifting event to raise funds for the NGO HopeKids, which benefits children with rare diseases such as Lindsay's
have since become best friends! "Lindsay has become my little sister.There are no words to describe how I feel about her.He took me out of very difficult moments just thinking of her, a gift of inestimable value," David said. David Douglas is a weight lifter, but he draws his strength from his friend Lindsay Ratcliffe, age 12
Embrace between Douglas and Lindsay - Photo: Bored Panda Play
"People look at me like a strong man, but everything about Lindsay is even stronger, "David said.
At the top of David's t-shirt is written the word" strong "in English and the bottom is written" even stronger "- Photo Lindsay suffers from Progeria, rare genetic disease that makes the body age much more quickly.
Lindsay faces all difficulties with a smile on her face - Photo: Reproduction Bored Panda
David and Lindsay met at Relentles, a weight-lifting event to raise funds
David is able to raise more than 300 kilograms - Bored Panda
Reproduction The two became best friends ever since
Look that grace the two together - Photo: Bored Panda
"Lindsay has become my little sister from the first day we met," said David
Lindsay supports David in his competitions - "Bored Panda
" She took me out of very difficult moments just thinking about her, a gift of inestimable value, "said David.
Lindsay and David make an incredible pair - Photo: Bored Panda
David is dubbed" The Beast ", but Lindsay really awakens her sweet side. "There are no words to describe how I feel about her," David said.
David and Lindsay have been friends since 2013 - Photo: Bored Panda
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