August 20, 2013 – Nineteen-year-old Lance Corporal Myles Kerr with the United States Marine Corps competed in the five kilometre 'Jeff Drenth Memorial' race in Charlevoix, Michigan on Saturday, July 27th, 2013.
Boden Fuchs, a nine-year-old boy, had fallen behind the group he was running with when LCpl. Kerr came running alongside him. According to a post on Facebook, Boden asked the Marine, "Sir, will you run with me?"
LCpl. Kerr, who was wearing boots, utilities and carrying a rucksack stayed by Boden's side throughout the race and when he tired and struggled, LCpl. Kerr encouraged him to stay focussed and to keep on running.
LCpl. Kerr attended the race with other Marines who waited for him to cross the finish line but they did not see him. Thinking he suffered an injury or fatigue, they grew concerned and ran back to find their fellow Marine. At the very last turn of the race, they saw LCpl. Kerr running alongside a young boy.
A spectator snapped a photo of Kerr and Boden finishing the race and the photo went viral when it was posted on the Facebook page named 'Seal of Honor' receiving more than 471,000 'likes' and more than 370,000 people sharing the story with their friends. Boden finished the race in 34 minutes and 53 seconds and Kerr finished five seconds later registering the slowest time in his age group.
My hat goes off to Boden for having the tenacity and integrity to hang in there, for having the courage to ask for help, and for believing that he could finish the race.
What a truly inspirational and compassionate act of kindness displayed by LCpl. Kerr. In his world – no one is left behind. Kindness, thoughtfulness and caring goes a long way – always has and always will. We need each other more than we think we do – and never more so than in our hour of doubt or weakness.
Thank you Lance Corporal Myles Kerr!