Preston Williams, firefighter battling cancer, will not receive MCM medal

(WJLA) -{ }A local firefighter who decided to run the Marine Corps Marathon after he{ }was diagnosed with prostate cancer for the third time{ }has found out he will not{ }receive a finisher's medal.

Preston Williams says he completed the 26.2-mile course.{ }

"I made sure the cancer didn't stop me," he says. "I made sure the chemo didn't stop me."

Williams, who is battling Stage 3 prostate cancer, gave the marathon his everything. It was his first marathon, and he made it to the finish line in 7 hours and 20 minutes.{ }

But when he got to the finish line, he was told they were out of medals and promised he'd get one in the mail. But the medal never came.{ }

According to race policy, Williams didn't make it to an area known as the Gauntlet by 12:35 p.m. Those runners who don't make it are diverted to a shorter course and don't receive medals, a Marine Corps Marathon spokesperson explained.

But Williams says he was{ }not{ }diverted and insists he ran the entire course.{ }

Williams, who says he's not angry or looking for pity, just wants clarification as to why he didn't receive a medal.