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A 12-Year-Old Girl With A Rare Disease Gives This Powerlifter So Much Strength

If you were to meet a 6-foot-tall, 330-pound powerlifter nicknamed “The Beast,” chances are you wouldn’t expect him to have a soft side. But David Douglas spits in the face of that notion. The weightlifter can bench 600 pounds and deadlift 770, but when it comes to being a sweetheart, his abilities are limitless.

While competing in a powerlifting event in Detroit, he met a very special little girl who changed his life forever.

He looks big and scary, but the little one he met at that event turned him into a total softie!


Lindsay Ratcliffe, a 12-year-old girl who suffers from a disease called progeria, was at the competition. The moment Douglas saw her, he knew he needed to say hello.


The event was sponsored by HopeKids, which is a charity organization that aims to help children suffering from rare diseases.


Douglas thinks of Ratcliffe like a sister, and they’re nearly inseparable at this point!


When asked about his friendship with Ratcliffe, Douglas said, “She pulls me out of rough spots just by thinking of her. That is a priceless gift.”


It just goes to show you that no matter how physically powerful you are, you can find strength in all kinds of places.


If you would like to learn more about HopeKids, you can go to their website. To help Lindsay Ratcliffe specifically, you can click here to find out how!
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