David "The Beast" Douglas lives up to his nickname. Â The ex-marine is a three-time Camp Pendleton athlete of the year and can bench press 600 poundsÂ and squat over 900 pounds. With all that, he's found an even stronger, more inspiring friend in Lindsay Ratcliffe.
LindsayÂ suffers from a rare genetic disorder calledÂ progeria. It causes children to age very rapidly, six to eight times the normal rate. Fortunately, Lindsay has developed a great bondÂ with David.
ABC News reports the two met atÂ Relentless Powerlifting Competition in Minnesota. The event was called, âStrong Men & Women. Stronger Kidsâ was also a fundraiser for HopeKids, an organizationÂ designed to provided activities and support for children with life threatening medial conditions. It wasÂ friendship at first sight and they've been close ever since.
David told ABC that meeting her has been life-changing and inspiring due toÂ how incredibly strong the little girl is, despite her condition. Over the years, David and LindsayÂ have become very close. Douglas even calls her his "little sis."
Despite living in different states, the two continue to grow closer and closer. Â They talk to each other regular through video chats and visit each other as much as possible. DavidÂ recently surprised her with a visit to Detroit for a charity walk and LindsayÂ travelled to visit him in the hospital before a surgery.
The photo above was taken by Jake Hamilton of Fox 32 in ChicagoÂ and itÂ went viralÂ with thousands of shares and likes.
âI'm just another guy that lifts weights, she lifts spirits," he told ABC News. âShe puts smiles on people's faces and pumps love into their hearts.â