Marine helps 9-year-old boy finish 5K race

Boy got separated from family

A photo of a Marine from Camp Pendleton helping a young boy who got separated from his group finish a 5K memorial race has gone viral.

ABC News reported that Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr is at the end of a one-week leave from the military base and recently ran the Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Michigan.

Kerr told ABC News he ran by the boy, 9-year-old Boden Fuchs, who was walking on the route. When he asked if he was all right, the boy asked him, "Will you run with me?"

Fuchs' mother thought he ran ahead, but he actually got separated, ABC reported.

Kerr stuck with the boy the rest of the race and motivated him to finish.

They crossed the finish line just short of the 35-minute mark, and Kerr made sure the boy got back with his group.

The photo of the two went viral after it was posted on the Seal of Honor Facebook Page and received more than 235,000 "likes."

"As a Marine, we try to reach out and help as much as we can," Kerr told ABC News. "I don't think I'm a hero. I was just trying to help."

The boy's family rewarded Kerr with a $100 restaurant gift card.

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