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Charity 5K Is Scene for Beautiful Moment as Marine Helps Young Boy Finish

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 1, 2013

A nine-year-old was apparently lost during a charity 5K race and happened upon the perfect person to lead him to the finish line. 

For the Win's Chris Chase reports on a stunning image making its way around the Internet at the moment. 

For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to see it, here is the picture you can find at the Seal of Honor page on Facebook:

The boy in the picture is Boden Fuchs, who was separated from his group during the run in Charlevoix, Mich. 

You only have to think back to when you were young to understand the confusion Fuchs must have felt when he noticed all the familiar faces around him were gone. Fortunately, he noticed 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr nearby and asked a simple question that produced a heartwarming and amazing response: "Sir? Will you please run with me?"

Instead of running with his group or finishing with a great time—both inconsequential next to the plight of a young boy surrounded by strangers—he decided to jog alongside his new running mate. 

The Facebook page notes the other Marines were actually about to head back because they thought Kerr was injured:

Several minutes after the other Marines he was with had finished, Lcpl Kerr still had not crossed the line. They feared his extreme level of motivation may have caused him injury and/or fatigue resulting in him dropping out of the race. Moments before they ran back through the course to recover their fellow Marine, Lcpl Kerr came around the last turn along with this small boy.

We assume that this is the moment when a healthy amount of smiles and thunderous cheers erupted from the sidelines. 

Fuchs was exhausted and apparently wanted to quit at certain points in the race. Kerr provided far more than a mere guide would, giving the young boy motivation to finish what he had started. 

In the end, the stranded nine-year-old finished the race, just ahead of the heroic Marine. 

 

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