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We all know that mothers deserve medals for the stuff we get through every day. Now a former world class marathon runner and Olympic coach wants to reward moms with the real thing. Lynn Petronella says it’s all about giving moms the props we deserve. She terms giving birth, “the world’s greatest achievement.” And those are the words inscribed on the gold medals she sells on her Web site. A portion of the proceeds benefit Childhelp, a leading non-profit organization devoted to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.

The idea for the medal came to her while on a grueling training run in Boulder, Colorado when she was in her early twenties. Petronella, who was going through a nasty divorce at the time says she was trekking up a big hill, trying to get rid of the pain of the break-up, when she had a revelation about her own mother.

“I got this message that I am this most amazing creature. I understood how much my mom loved me and I understood what she went through to have me,” she told me in an interview with The Well Mom. But it’s taken thirty years to finally make her dream of awarding medals to moms a reality.

Back in 1980, Petronella was slated to represent the U.S. in the first women’s marathon at the Olympics. When the Games were boycotted, she went on to coach Joan Benoit Samuelson who won the historic event in 1984. Since then, she’s written about her experiences and continues to speak about sports and equality for women. Finally, last spring, the first batch of medals was released and she presented them to First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrity mom Angelina Jolie.

Petronella, who does not have any children of her own, says she believes that moms are the greatest athletes on the planet. I have to agree.

What do you think? Do you know a mom who deserves a medal? 


Originally published on TheWellMom

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