This inspiring story about the love of two brothers had NBA superstar LeBron James on the verge of tears, as you'll see in the video. Very emotional and so good in so many ways.

Conner and Cayden make up Team Long Brothers and were recently named Sports Illustrated's 2012 SportsKids of the Year. Cayden, 5, is diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy and can't speak or walk on his own. But, in the summer of 2011, Conner, who was seven at the time, decided to compete in the Nashville Kids Triathlon, pulling his younger brother behind him.

They finished together, in last place, but in the process became role models of what is possible and the power of love. When I think about this family, I think of Andrew Solomon's phrase of "horizontal identities" and what we would miss as people and a community if we didn't encounter these special people in our daily lives. It's Conner who says it best:

"The one thing that makes me really made is when people walk down the road and say... the 'r' word, if you now what that is. I just tell them that like it doesn't matter what it looks like on the outside, it matters what's on the inside. He still has regular feelings like we do. And he understands what you say about him.

If people could race with people that can't walk or talk or can have any kind of autism, it might open eyes of people that don't really care about it. And, maybe, the people that don't care in the past will care in the future and actually do it with somebody."

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We need many more Conners in our society, what a touching story! Conner is a wonderful role model for our youth.

OMG!!! This story had me in tears. It is true when they say that God can use anybody, and I want Conner to know that although I don't you personally, you are off to a wonderful great stat young man. Keep doing what your doing!!!

It is hard to watch a grown man cry so I am not looking in the mirror. I only wish my son (who is a great kid) had just a little more Conner in him! If anyone would like to make a donation, contact me and I will chip in...