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Marine Carries Boy to Triathlon Finish Line After Prosthetic Leg Breaks!

Marine carries boy across finish line
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11-year-old Ben Baltz hasn’t let his prosthetic leg slow him down, competing in races, triathlons and riding his bike.  But last weekend,  he got some unexpected help.

Baltz was competing in a triathlon in Pensacola, Florida, when in the running portion, he felt the screws in his prosthetic leg come out and he fell. Without his leg, he could not finish the run, which followed a 150-yard swim and a three-mile bike ride.

He probably never imagined he would cross the finish line carried by a Marine, and surrounded by other soldiers sounding off in a military cadence. Matthew Morgan, a private in the Marine Corps, was one of a number of soldiers participating in the event. He stopped and asked Ben if he needed help. He scooped him up, and finished the last half mile of the run carrying the boy. Fellow soldiers fell in and accompanied the pair across the finish line!

Ben has worn the leg since battling a rare form of cancer that forced the amputation of his lower leg when he was six years old. He later said he felt it was a little embarrassing not to be able to finish on his own. The fact that he was even competing shows what a great spirit this boy has. Kudos to the Marines for stepping in and helping him finish by bringing him across the line like the hero he is.

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