WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Patients with conditions that have no cure can spend a lifetime overcoming challenges.
That's the case for one young eastern Iowan.
In Health Plus, Waterloo's Covenant Medical Center honors Olivia Armstrong for her courage.
Olivia Armstrong has more courage than some adults.
The 12-year-old has cerebral palsy and has been coming to Waterloo's Covenant Medical Center for years of therapy.
But recently one of her weekly sessions came with a surprise--an award ceremony and a medal!
"I'm really thankful that I have them to give me this medal because, yeah. It's just, yeah," said Olivia.
The hospital's EDI Department chose her as the first recipient of Medals 4 Mettle.
The non-profit group based in Indiana provides donated medals from marathon finishers to honor deserving patients.
"For Olivia to have the knowledge and inspiration she's got. It's just awesome. I mean it's every therapist's dream to be able to work with a kiddo like Olivia. She one time told me, 'you know, I don't feel like I have a disability I have different abilities than everybody else.' and just for a 12-year-old to have that outlook it's just awesome. Like I said, every therapist's dream," said one of her therapists, Kelli Mullen.
Olivia's mom and grandma come with her regularly for her therapy sessions.
"Well she's quite the little trooper. She works hard. She works hard. Just about everything she tries," said her grandma, Barb Armstrong.
Wise beyond her years, the Waterloo 6th grader has a lot of wisdom to share.
"Well, I try to stay optimistic about it all. I mean, I think I'm very lucky to be where I am right now. I'm just very happy that I'm here and I wouldn't change anything," she said.
Online reporter/Anchor: Tara Thomas