Joey’s Gold Medal

January 25, 2008
This article was first published in Chicken Soup for the Body and Soul (2004) and then again in Chicken Soup: Children with Special Needs (2007).

A great video has been posted on YouTube of this story, it’s pretty close to the original story…

Check it out and let me know what you think!

As always, if you would like to order an autographed copy, just shoot me an email!




  1. I just purchased Chicken Soup for the Soul. While thumbing through looking for an article about a race in which a boy fell and everyone stopped to help him across the finish line, I thought I had found it. Instead it was your story, Joey’s Gold Medal. I plan to use it in my discussion group.

  2. Barbara,

    Thanks so much for the note, glad to hear you liked the article!

    Hey, if anyone in your discussion group wants to buy a copy of “Chicken Soup: Children with Special Needs,” I’m selling autographed copies direct, and all proceeds of my sales will be donated to Oregon Special Olympics!

    Thought you’d like to know!



  3. I am a student in the American Sign Language/English Interpretation Program. As we do consecutive interpreting in class, we listen to a portion of a story, carefully analyze what we heard and then interpret it (it’s a bit more complicated than that, but to put it in simple terms…).

    Some are Chicken Soup for the Soul stories. My first thought was to Google Chicken Soup on YouTube so I could practice outside the chassroom. Yours was the first one I found. There was, however, one slight problem. It made me cry, and I was unable to seperate my feelings from my head! Now that I have heard the whole thing, let’s see if I can gain composure and start all over, putting my minimal skills into practice.

    My point is that you have a beautiful story and I really hope we get to interpret it in class. It really touched my heart.

    Take care and God bless.


    Renee Ann

  4. Renne Ann,

    Wow, thank you so much for that! I’m glad to know that you were touched by my writing.

    Please let me know what happens with the Interpretation Program, I’d love to hear the feedback if your class has a chance to interpret this story.



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