Young boy loses prosthetic limb during triathlon, Marines carry him to finish (5 HQ Photos)

The boy was 11-year-old Ben Baltz of Valparaiso, Florida. When he was six, Ben was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg, his fibula and tibia had to be removed.

Ben walks with a mechanical knee and prosthetic walking leg, which he switches out for a running leg to play sports. On Sunday, Ben competed in the Sea Turtle Kids Triathlon. Ben had completed the 150-yard swim and 4-mile bike ride and half the one-mile run when a screw came loose and his running leg broke in half.

As he lay on the ground Private First Class Matthew Morgan swept the boy up. Surrounded by his fellow Marines, Matthew brought Ben through the rest of the course. Eye witnesses said there was not a dry eye in the crowd. Said his commanding officer,

"(Matthew's) not a very big guy ... he picked that young boy up quick, threw him on his back and ran the rest of the course ... We're pumped. It's great to see what Marines do. They don't leave anybody behind."

  • Tom


    Great to see my fellow Marines stepping up. I wouldn't expect anything less.

    • J. Phine

      Big THANK YOU to all the Marines and the rest of our Armed Services for all of their work.


      • RAS

        J. Phine said it all!!!

    • DaddyD

      Agree this is awesome, but I'm curious … does anyone know why the Marines were there? Were they helping with the event?

      • nodon

        Sounds like they were helping. From a CNN ireport, "The Marine who carried Ben is Matthew Morgan, Private First Class at Marine Detachment Corry Station, a training command in Pensacola that brought 22 students to help at the triathlon. "

        • DaddyD


    • Peter

      So badass dude! I worship America…

  • Erick

    Semper Fi

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  • Devon

    #3, #4

    And that makes 3 days in a row I've caught a piece of lumber in my eyes when I come to the chive.

    • Matt

      It cause I work in a warehouse and there lots of dust

    • MrMr

      It does get repetitive here

  • rickyrick63

    Stupid onions…I swear.

  • Rich

    Marines just doing what Marines do. Couldn't be prouder of my boys. Semper Fi!

  • Question_Mark_

    This is why I love the Chive. Posts like this keep my faith in humanity

    • Jeff

      Well, you could have read it on this morning and copied the article word for word like somebody else did.

      • The_Dood

        Or you could stop trying to ruin it for everyone else. I personally don't check CNN every morning. Without theChive, I, and I'm sure plenty of others, would not have seen this story.

  • Riley


    John's really pouring it on these days. Great story but I need a break from crying at my desk like a little girl. My employees must think i'm going soft. Semper Fi

  • Trey in the Bay

    Once again, I'm an onsite construction manger. Do y'all like making me tear up in the field office? Great story, this combined with the video from yesterday had some big ole iron workers sobbing like girls! Keep up the good work! Thanks to our Armed Forces for everything they do!

  • Kenneth

    Seriously chive, how did you get onion choppers all the way in Italy??

    • Giblets

      They got some to Ireland too

  • Murph

    Well done, Marines. Keepin' the faith.

  • Err

    Rah. Semper Fi.

  • Zach

    This is what makes me proud to be a chiving American.

    • andyINalberta

      When I see this kinda thing it renews my faith in humanity, it doesn't make me think of lines on a map. Contrary to what 24 hour new channels would have us believe acts of decency and kindness or even just simply "doing the right thing" happen everyday in every corner of the world and its awesome to see theChive making sure they dont fly under our radar.

      Good on ya Chive and good on ya gentlemen for stepping up. Not to help a fellow american but to help a fellow HUMAN!

  • Chris

    Incredible. Bravo!

  • tv_paul

    Semper Fi – nest. Nice job guy(s)

  • Trent Walker

    This is what life is all about. Good stuff.

  • Mojomatrix

    USMC + Ben = Faith in my country !

  • oclvtrek

    Great story! It's a good thing I've been working for home lately so my co-workers haven't seen me weeping over my laptop like a pu**y.

  • 15Weight

    Honor is not just earned on a battlefield.

  • chicago

    #4 #5 telling onlooking co-workers, that I stopped a sneeze…

  • duckfart4U

    'Merica! Fuck yeah! Hope a local prosthetic company sees this and donates that kid a new running leg so he can KCCO for future triathalons.

    • @HossmanWC

      Hopefully a better running leg cause this kid is hardcore

    • Levian

      I doubt it "broke in half", like it said a screw came loose. Things probably just sort of fell off after that.

      Way to kcco kid, and great job Marines!

  • jbcrazylife

    Amazing!!! got a bunch of crane hands over here crying!!! Good Job Marine!!

  • BostonsBoy52

    AMERICA, Fuck Yea

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