Marathon medal giveaway

Marathon medal giveaway

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Some of those who ran the Boston Marathon did so for some special children from Austin.

The non profit group, Champions for Children, held a medal ceremony Sunday at the Brazos Hall in downtown.

It allowed the champions, or runners, to present the children they sponsored with the Boston Marathon medals.

There were 10 children in all and all are living with some form of rare or undiagnosed disease.

Remember the two Austin area runners who didn't get to finish because of the bombings?

Matt Harmatuk and David Garza were stopped at the 26th mile for safety reasons.

The didn't get the chance to finish so they didn't get their medals.

But other runners donated theirs so they could give them to their sponsored kids.

Champions for Children raises money for the children's families but more importantly, organizers say the group gives the children hope.

Talaya Frazier is the founder.

"When you have an extreme or undiagnosed disorder, sometimes children lose hope, they lose vision of reaching that recovery finish line but emotionally if we can have events like this to bring joy, bring something for them to look forward to, it gives them the strength they need emotionally to get through the physical challenges they face."

If you'd like more information, just go to champions4children.org .

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