Nine years ago, before the wheelchair, Trent Wells says he realized he wasn't like other kids his age. He didn't have the strength or flexibility wasn't as coordinated. Soon he found out why, Trent was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.
“I guess I just have to keep on truckin' and deal with what is going on and just look forward to the future,” says Trent
By all accounts, that's how Trent has approached his life with dignity combined with a positive outlook. He attends DaMonte Ranch High School. And once a week, a nurse visits him to check on his vitals and any changes the disease is having on his body. As a matter of fact it was his nurse from the palliative care program at St. Mary's who recommended Trent for a "Medal for Meddle."
This is the first patient for Kevin Allison who started the program in early April. He says its an honor to meet and award patients like Trent.
“That's what we are all about you know, giving encouragement to people who are battling illnesses and other chronic diseases,” says Kevin
Marathon runners have donated their medals to Allison to distribute to local patients who are in the run of their lives.
“Because people don't realize how hard it is every day to get up and get dressed and go to school and just doing things we take for granted,” says Karin Wells
For Trent its more than just a neck decoration. Medals for Mettle is encouragement and recognition for patients like he who push themselves everyday in hopes of never seeing a finish line.
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