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Medals4Mettle: Marathoners Donate Medals to Cancer Patients

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Two area boys are getting this week's pre-marathon excitement off to a running start.

John Freer and Isaiah Lawson were the proud recipients of some marathon medals.

The boys became friends while getting cancer treatment at Sanford Children's Hospital and have since been given the all clear.

To commemorate their hard-fought battle, two cancer survivors donated their medals in the boys' names.

Lee Hoedl/Medals4Mettle Ambassador: "People want a little bit more out of it. They want to be able to donate it, have some reason for that medal and for them to be able to inspire other people through their illnesses or conditions or their own journey or run is just a natural process."

The medals symbolize the drive it takes to complete the "marathon" of treatments medical patients endure.

In a 4 month period of time, these brave little boys were hospitalized for 5, 1-2 week episodes of intense treatment . They were in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit because of the high rate of side effects of the infusions.  These 4 months were spent with 5 cycles of 1-2 weeks in the PICU, and 2-3 weeks at home. Both children have completed their protocols and are enjoying being pre-schoolers. 

Throughout their treatments, they loved to play together, and when they were able, they would play on their I-pads.  At one time, one of the boys was in isolation, so they couldn't actually be in the same room together.  They used "Walkie-Talkies" to stay connected, but they both were unhappy that they couldn't be together to play.  Their families have been there with them every step of the way.

They have won a great race.

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