Prosthetic Leg Breaks During Triathlon
Carried Across the Line
I have to share with you the story of 11 year old Ben Baltz.. When he was younger, he was diagnosed with bone cancer (osteosarcoma) and had to have part of his right leg removed. So now he uses a mechanical knee and prosthetic leg to do everything an able-bodied boy can do: play baseball, soccer, swim, bike, climb trees. In fact, he does more than your average kid; Last weekend, he was racing in the Sea Turtle Triathalon in Florida. This meant a 150-yard swim, a 4-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run -- all back to back.
Ben's mom eagerly waited for him at the finish line. And she looks up and the time is just ticking by and she started to worry.
"It was only a mile, I knew he was tired, I was like, 'Where is he, where is he, where is he,'" Kim Baltz
What she didn't know was that about halfway through the run, there had been a problem with his leg. It literally broke in half while he was running... So he was crawling towards the finish line. "All of a sudden the announcer just said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to turn around and look at what's happening on the course." Everybody was crying, and as Kim turned she saw her son coming towards the finish line.
The crowd began to cheer for Ben. A group of Marines had lifted her son onto their shoulders and carried him across the finish line.
He finished the triathalon but he said his REAL GOAL is to be an inspiration to other kids -- especially those facing amputations -- to show them there is life after cancer.