Glenn shares the inspiring story of a family that has refused to let hardship define them

Since bursting onto the national stage last week, 14-year-old Isaac Lufkin has inspired the country with inspiring determination to become a professional football player despite the fact that he was born without arms. Isaac made an appearance on last night’s Glenn Beck Program, and it became abundantly clear that Isaac has an incredible work ethic and outlook on life thanks in large part to his upbringing.

“We had him on TV last night. He was up at the Super Bowl as a guest of the NFL and he also was part of his championship team in Rhode Island, and he’s a remarkable kid,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I said, ‘So how do you deal with it?’ And he said, ‘It’s really not that hard. I don’t like pity.’ And he opened up a can of Coke himself. He turned on his computer… got on the floor and started typing with his feet. Quite an amazing scene.”

When Glenn pressed Isaac as to where his ‘can do’ attitude came from, he admitted that his mom always told him: “I can’t means I won’t.”

“I said to him, one of these days you are going to thank God for your mom because your mom is making you independent. Your mom is making you who you are today, and you may not appreciate it at 14,” Glenn said. “Then I just threw in, my mom passed away right around your age, and I didn’t really appreciate it, I didn’t appreciate her, until it was too late. And then I didn’t really start seeing the wisdom of my parents until I was 30, maybe you will wake up a little earlier than that.”

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As it turns out, Isaac is not the only member of the Lufkin family who is coping with hardship. Isaac’s mother, Lori, has been facing life-threatening medical issues of her own for years. Though she prefers not to discuss her own battles, Lori told Glenn last night that she has successfully battled cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer, in addition to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But she’s now facing the challenge of her life.

Lori has known that she has congestive heart failure for about four years, but was told on Christmas Eve that her condition is rapidly worsening. Though Lori has previously undergone two open-heart surgeries, she is now in need of a heart transplant.

“The medication is not working anymore, and it’s basically at this point … the surgeon told me it’s, ‘Get a heart transplant or I’m going to have organ failure and die,’” Lori told TheBlaze in a phone interview. “I know how sick I am. They know how sick I am. That’s why I’ve forced them to be so independent.”

“This woman has known she’s going to die early, and this is why she has told her son, ‘You have to do it on your own. I’m not going to be here to dress you, son. I’m not going to be here to open up the cans of soda for you, so you are going to have to do it on your own,’” Glenn concluded. “This is one incredible story and an incredible mother. I would ask today that you would pray for her.”

You can also check out Isaac’s appearance on last night’s Glenn Beck Program below:

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  • landofaahs

    My fondest memories were when I had to reach down and find that piece within me that said, I can do it, leave me alone and get out of my way.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely, but that seems to be a message that is missing these day. You never grow until you have to face something and conquer it.

      • MsIdidly

        Pray they find a heart for his mom. I understand it’s critical and needed now. That lady has already survived so much. No wonder the boy is so strong he has learned from the best.

  • landofaahs

    Poverty of the pocketbook is temporary, poverty of the human spirit is a lifetime.—-Enil Selnad

  • Revan

    We should pray for this family.

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  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to this family but more important is that my prayers are for God to touch this family and bless them in their needs. The big thing I see is that this family goes for the better and not dwelling on today in hardship. God bless them and touch them with your grace.

  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to this family but more important is that my prayers are for God to touch this family and bless them in their needs. The big thing I see is that this family goes for the better and not dwelling on today in hardship. God bless them and touch them with your grace.

  • Dorothy Snyder

    Well this story hit home with me today. I have a six year old that was born with knees that didn’t bend. After surgery they now bend, but still don’t bend normally as much at they should . His arms aren’t the best either, but he still manages to play wii, and other computer games just fine. Today I was trying to get him to put his own shoes on himself. He has never put his shoes or socks on himself. I left him struggle with it for a good while. I kept telling him he has to learn to put his shoes on. It’s hard for a Mom to walk that line. Am I being too tough on him? Should I just keep doing it for him? My other kids have got upset with me, saying Mom he can’t do it. I think he has enough ability and brains to figure it out some way.

    • bumpkin

      Perhaps set a reward that he will struggle hard to achieve, (significant reward) then offer to help him, but no reward till he manages it alone. And make sure he could achieve it by working through it yourself mentally first, so you don’t set him up for failure. When I first taught my sp needs son to put his shoes on, I had to buy him shoes w velcro straps, because he couldn’t tie a bow. He can now, though. Slip-ons or strap shoes can make a difference, and breaking the task down into manageable parts can help.. Good luck to you both!

    • margaret

      I think you should let him learn to do it but not all in one day– start with teaching him to put on his socks, and there are sssistive devices out there, then try shoes. Maybe Velcro will be easier.

  • George Macaulay

    God bless them both, especially Lori!

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Am so very impressed. Bless this young man his mother.

  • Ralph Moore

    We don’t need to pray fo this family..they got this..we need to thank God for this family showing us the right way

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