From M4M FB page: Our M4M Rhode Island Chapter visited the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Our volunteers went from room to room presenting your donated medals, which made these patients feel like the champions they truly are!
I would like to share the news that I just sent out a heavy box of medals collected both in Japan and NY area to this M4M RI Chapter. They are super active and present medals very frequently. They just presented 125 medals last Tuesday as it is shown in this photo. I am looking forward to sharing any updates if any, and you might find your earned medal with those kids!!
Wow!! it was like Christmas in May thanks to you and all of her running friends today. When I came home I found the box you sent over for the Detroit Chapter of Medals 4 Mettle. It took over 15 minutes to open all the beautiful medals you had wrapped up so nicely. What a great thing you did for so many Children in Detroit. Thank you All. Here is a picture of some of what I opened up so far. WOW WOW WOW is all I can say クリスマスが来たみたい！メダルを寄付してくださったみなさん、本当にありがとう。今日、家に帰ったら、M４Mのデトロイト支部に送ってくださったメダルの箱がありました。みなさんのメダルの一つ一つを拝見しながら箱を開けるのに１５分もかかりました。デトロイトのたくさんの（子供病院の）子供たちが本当に喜びます！みなさん、ありがとうございます！送って頂いたメダルの一部の写真がこれです。
"To look at Aiden, other than his bald head, you would never know he had cancer," said Gena Johnson about her son. "He is a bundle of joy."
Aiden is winner everyday to his parents, but being able to wear a Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon medal is extra special for him. He got it from first year UofL medical student Elayna Dush. She ran the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon Saturday morning and gave her medal to Aiden.
"It makes you not feel quite so tired when you are thinking that there is somebody else behind this you are running for," said Dush.
Medical student Maggie Sager ran for Chase Weaver.
"I actually thought about Chase a lot throughout the race because at mile 11, it hit me that I was hurting pretty bad," said Sager. "Chase kept me going through the entire race. It felt really amazing."
"I am very excited," Chase said. "I felt very happy when I got the medal."
"She loved it," said Chase's mother Cheryl Weaver. "That's all she could talk about this week is, I can't wait to get my medal!"
The med students didn't just hand over their medals to strangers. They met their running buddies and learned more about their illness and their journey. They know for these children, the scars - some physical and emotional - are permanent, while race day struggles are fleeting.
"What a great presentation, one I was honored to be a part of! We presented Dr. King's patient, Mark, with Bill's medal from the inaugural BAA 10K as well as a medal sent in by a donor, a 1985 Boston Marathon medal, at which the donor finished 28th place." Mike Robertson, M4M Boston coordinator.
Left to right: Dr King, Bill Rodgers (M4M shirt) and Mike Robertson presenting medals today at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr King treated many of the injured patients after the bombing last year and has previously awarded his patients M4M Medals. Bill Rodgers has donated many of his medals to M4M over the years and continues his volunteer efforts with presentations such as this.
Medals4Mettle was started in Indianapolis by a local doctor in 2005. The program allows marathon runners across the country to donate their medal to a child fighting cancer.
As the program continues to grow, local students are becoming involved as part of the Monumental Kids Movement. This year, 23 students from Jonathan Jennings School 109 donated their medals from the Monumental Marathon.
Kadyn Hogg, 9, has been in the hospital since November. His final chemotherapy treatment was Sunday and he received a medal donated by a marathon runner Monday.
"It means so much to me that a kid ran this marathon and donated it to Riley Hospital," Hogg said.
"It keeps their minds off other things and lets us worry about those things," Hogg’s grandfather Mark Collins said.
Marathon runners hope the donated hardware will bring a smile to the face of a child battling a life-threatening disease.
"Lots of times it's the first time they've ever won a medal or received a medal and it's a big deal for the kids in the elementary schools. When they get them, pretty commonly they wear them around for a week or two at school and are really proud," IMM Executive Director Blake Boldon said. "When someone doesn't have a whole lot and they get something for the first time and then they give it back to someone in even greater need, that's true philanthropy."
Organizers hope the number of local students who become involved in the program will continue to grow each year.
ボストン近郊にお住まいのスティーブン・ブロデック君（１３歳）は３年４ヶ月に渡り、急性リンパ芽球性白血病の治療を受けてきました。スティーブン君の最後のケモ・セラピーは７月２６日に予定されています。ご家族のみなさんは、治療が終わることをとても心待ちにしておられますが、特に弟のアレキシスくん（１１歳）がとても楽しみしています。お兄さんの病気をとても気にしていました。このご兄弟へのお祝いに、ボストン近郊のM４M支部のジュリー・マクルーカスさんが、ランナーの念のこもった完走メダルをあげました。 After three years and four months of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 13-year-old Stephen Broderick of Sherborn is scheduled to undergo his last chemotherapy treatment on July 26. The occasion will be a time of celebration for his entire family, with perhaps the loudest cheers from 11-year-old Alexis, who has taken her big brother’s illness especially hard. In recognition of their joint courage, the siblings were recently honored by Julie McLucas, coordinator of the Westborough-based chapter of Medals4Mettle, a nonprofit organization that presents medals donated by marathon, half-marathon, and triathlon competitors worldwide to children and adults facing debilitating illnesses
SHARED COURAGE: After three years and four months of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 13-year-old Stephen Broderick of Sherborn is slated to have his last chemotherapy treatment on July 26.
The occasion will be a time of celebration for his family, with perhaps the loudest cheers from 11-year-old Alexis, who has taken her big brother’s illness especially hard.
In recognition of their joint courage, the siblings were recently honored byJulie McLucas, coordinator of the Westborough-based chapter of Medals4Mettle, a nonprofit organization that presents medals donated by marathon, half-marathon, and triathlon competitors worldwide to children and adults facing challenges from debilitating illnesses.
Stephen, a seventh-grader at Woodside Montessori Academy in Millis, was given a gold medal from the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2009. Alexis, a fifth-grader at Woodside, received hers from the 2008 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, in which runners complete 39.3 miles over two days.
“It’s very nice of them,” said Stephen, who plans to prominently display his medal, engraved with Mickey Mouse, in his bedroom. “They earned it by running a lot and doing stuff that I most certainly couldn’t do. For them to give away their award for that to somebody else is pretty neat and cool.”
“They’re very cute,” agreed Alexis, whose medal is engraved with a picture of Goofy. “It makes me feel happy.”
Stephen’s health has improved since the young Beatles fan put aside his desire to meet Paul McCartney in order for his family to enjoy a Disney cruise through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 2012.
However, last year he was diagnosed with osteoporosis from his steroid treatments, and has struggled with recurring pneumonia since October.
He admits it has “kind of been harder than we expected, with how often I’ve gotten sick,” and insists his sister is every bit as deserving of recognition. “She didn’t get chemo, but she went through all the emotional stuff, so it was just as hard on her, if not harder.”
And the medals, he said, “are a reminder that we’ve both been through a three-year marathon.”