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Published May 13, 2013, 06:05 PM

Two 5-year-old boys are awarded with Medals for Mettle

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Thousands of medals will be awarded this weekend as runners cross the finish line for the Fargo Marathon. But two 5-year old boys today, are being honored for a much tougher race. Survival.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Thousands of medals will be awarded this weekend as runners cross the finish line for the Fargo Marathon. But two 5-year old boys today, are being honored for a much tougher race. Survival.

John Freer and Isaiah Lawson were both diagnosed with a rare and often deadly form of cancer. They were only three years old. But the two formed a bond, and survived. Today, marathon organizers honored the two.

Even weeks after their last cancer treatment together, Isaiah Lawson and John Freer picked up where they left off. Play...play..play.

Does it hurt?

They even compared battle scar on their tummies from their chemo, stem cell, surgery and radiation days. More than a year of it.

But today, The Fargo Marathon Committee came to thank, honor and praise these two boys for the race they just ran. Life. Surviving Stage 4 Neuroblasoma and a grueling treatment that would kill most of us.

Carey Freer/John's mom: "All done, he is cancer free today."

The two became like brothers during those long and painful treatments. Even as 4-year olds, they relied on each other for support, even if it was just playtime in their weak and rundown condition. And for the parents, seeing them today??

"It is a miracle."

Christine Lawson/Isaiah's mom: "Getting back to some regular life, it has been a blessing, a sigh of relief we can take."

At one point the two boys were in isolation, behind glass, but the two moms did not let that get in the way of their friendship.

Got together and we got them walking talkies.

Today, the Marathon gave the two boys...real Marathon Medals. Part of the nation wide "Medals for Mettle" program. Runners around the world run races, but share their medals with kids like John and Isaiah.

"All because of what you have been doing and the race you have been running, more powerful and an inspiration. Do you know what courage is."

The medals were a hit, well deserved. An Olympic win for two boys who never asked to be in this race, but survived it, kicked it, and got them a medal that will never be as big as their heart. If you want to donate marathon medals or learn more about this program, go to wday.com, and the easy link tab. Or Check out the Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/groups/NDMedals4Mettle

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