Cancer Boy Crosses Finish Line on Marine’s Help at Mini-Triathlon in Florida

Spectators at a children’s triathlon had to hold back tears when an 11-year-old cancer survivor whose prosthetic leg broke mid-race was spotted crossing the finish line on the back of a US Marine.

Ben Baltz was competing in the 1.6km running portion of the mini-triathlon in Florida on Sunday — after completing a 140m swim and 6.4km bike run — when a screw on his mechanical leg came loose and the limb snapped in half.

Ben has been using a prosthetic since the age of six, when he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg and had his fibula and tibia removed.

At the Sea Turtle Tri kids triathlon at Opal Beach, Pensacola, local Marines who had volunteered to help monitor the course ran over to the young boy, picked him up and carried him the rest of the way.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to turn around and look at what’s happening on the course,” the race announcer said.

Ben was greeted by loud cheers, including from his worried mother Kim Baltz, as he crossed the finish line on the back of Private First Class Matthew Morgan and surrounded by five other Marines.

“It just made me start crying that they would have picked him up and helped him finish the race,” Ms Baltz said.

She said Ben was a little discouraged he did not finish on his own but she told him he was an inspiration to a lot of people.

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