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Medals4Mettle: Student group awards children for mettle and courage


Medals4Mettle Student Interest Group 2018 Award Ceremony

Thirteen children and their parents joined the Medals4Mettle (M4M) service-learning group at IU School of Medicine for its first annual medal ceremony at the Riley Outpatient Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Seventeen students from IU School of Medicine gave their earned half-marathon, marathon, triathlon or 5K medals to their paired child in recognition of the mettle and courage they’ve demonstrated while battling varying diseases and disabilities. The students, children and children’s parents spent time learning more about each other and creating Valentine’s Day crafts.

The medal ceremony and banquet will be an annual event. Participating medical students will maintain their pairings and communicate with their paired child throughout their education at IU School of Medicine. Participation introduces valuable experiences in volunteerism, wellness and humanism throughout medical school.

Medals4Mettle is a worldwide organization that collects donated medals and awards them to children and adults battling cancer, chronic illness, trauma and other life challenges. The organization was founded by this year’s banquet speaker and IU School of Medicine alumnus, Dr. Steven Isenberg.

The M4M group at IU School of Medicine would like to thank IU School of Medicine’s Service Learning and everyone involved for bringing this event to fruition!

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Sara Buckallew

Communications Coordinator

Sara Buckallew works in the Dean's Office of Strategic Communications. As a communications coordinator, Sara supports internal and external communication needs for the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research and the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic...