Medals4Mettle: National Running Day Honor for Conway Man

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The local chapter of Medals4Mettle has officially been kicked off as part of the festivities for National Running Day.

After the annual run/walk at Murray Park this morning, the Medals4Mettle Little Rock Chapter gave its first-ever award to a Conway man.

The honoree is Cole Parker, 25, who continues to battle back from a car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury and in a wheelchair at the age of 17. Years of rehab have followed with a variety of inpatient and outpatient therapies.

Parker now lives independently in his own apartment, works part-time at the UCA Athletic Department taking up tickets at all the sporting events, and has even recently gotten his driver’s license again.

Before his accident, Parker was on the Conway High School golf team and was a star on the baseball team. 

Medals4Mettle is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005. It facilitates the gifting of marathon, half-marathon and triathlon finishers’ medals from runners to children and adults dealing with chronic or debilitating illnesses and have demonstrated similar mettle, or courage in bravely facing these challenges. 

The recipients can be any age who have exhibited such mettle by dealing with disease, handicaps or any similar challenge. The medals are awarded to those who might not be able to run a marathon, but are in their own marathon to continue to live their life.

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