Join 2012 Olympic Marathoner, Meb Keflezighi
2012 Olympic Marathoner, Meb Keflezighi Partners with
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Medals of Courage Program to
Inspire Young Patients Back to Heath
WHAT: 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon runner Meb Keflezighi (“Kef-lez-ghee”) has partnered with Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital’s (LLUCH) Medals of Courage (MOC) program. MOC encourages recreational runners and triathletes to donate their own race medals to the child patients at LLUCH to inspire them in their personal marathons back to good health.
WHO IS MEB: Meb is America’s top marathon runner. He is an Olympic silver medalist, a 2012 Olympian, a NY City marathon winner and the father of three young children. For more on Meb visit: http://marathonmeb.com/about-meb/
ABOUT MEDALS OF COURAGE: MOC was founded by Candace Ransom (Santa Barbara), the mother of Lucas Ransom, who was tragically killed in a shark accident in October of 2010. Shortly before his passing Lucas had donated a marathon medal of his own to a sick child at Loma Linda as a simple and personal gesture of goodwill. Candace went on to form Medals of Courage in his memory and now partners with champion marathon runner Meb Keflezighi to grow the program nationally during the countdown to Meb’s upcoming run for Team USA at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The goal of the program is to collect 2012 medals from everyday runners across the country and distribute those medals to the patients of Loma Linda. Meb began the count with the medal he won at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January in Houston, which earned him a spot on the Olympic Team. Medals are currently being sent in from across the country, with inspirational stories from those who have earned them, and are creating a spectacular display in the lobby of LLUCH. After the Olympics Meb will return to Loma Linda to distribute the medals to the children and hopefully show off his own new medal from the Olympics!
Online at www.medalsofcourage.org
WHAT DOES MEDALS OF COURAGE WANT YOU TO DO? We ask you to do two things:
- Donate a medal of your own. It doesn’t really matter where the medal is from, there’s a child at Loma Linda who would love to have it. Send it to:
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation
Attn: Kelly Jackson
PO Box 2000
Loma Linda, CA 92354
- Spread The Word – Take a minute to Tweet and/or Facebook post about Medals of Courage. Direct people to this web address www.medalsofcourage.org
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in the vast geographic region of the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties (California). With 277 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country, and more than 100,000 children that come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility for Loma Linda University and is part of the Loma Linda University health care system. LLUCH is known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation.