How to make a "cancer medal" for a patient in your life

I recently wrote about a meaningful gift I received from my friend Michael Pusateri, at the end of my primary treatment for breast cancer: this wonderful medal. So, today, Michael explains how to order one yourself. Give one to a cancer patient in your life! It's a really cool way to recognize what can be a confusing, ambiguous, strangely depressing milestone. Before all the "what's next" and "what if" thoughts take over, taking a moment to acknowledge the importance of that milestone is really beautiful.


  1. Another additional option for Cancer medals:    [disclosure – I’m a chapter coordinator for Arizona, and I write our newsletter]   

    We are a non-profit organization that celebrates the “mettle” or courage of children and adults who are facing illness.   Endurance athletes donate their hard earned medals to our charity and we distribute those medals as a token of the human spirit to persevere  when faced with a different kind of race.   We currently have chapters in most US cities, as well as Canada, Mexico, Japan, and most recently Finland.   If you know someone with Cancer or any other difficult illness that they are facing and you’d like them to receive a medal in recognition of the struggle, please reach out to us.  The cost is free.

  2. Zeni, I appreciate the sharing of the challenging ‘leg’ of your life’s journey you are currently undergoing. When I saw your post about the medal, I started to wonder about creating one for grief survivors. We lost our 14 year old son abruptly 2 years ago, and sometimes I wonder at how we continue to move through life without him. I use all kinds of tokens of Ian to keep him close but also to gird me against the really tough emotional moments. Anyway, thank you.

  3. I think that medal that Michael made is great, but I have to think that with the power of BB, something even more awesome might be inspired by it; a custom BB “cancer ass-kicking” medal would be pretty cool and could be used to raise money for a cause instead of just putting $20 in the pocket of an awards widget company. Maybe it could even benefit medals4mettle…?

  4. When I finished my chemo, the chemo clinic staff and my oncologist sang to me and presented me with a “Certificate of Accomplishment” that four years later is still on my fridge.  It was really a great thing.  The other patients seem to get jazzed by seeing a fellow patient make it out the other side.  I know I did when I was in the middle of my treatment.  

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