The first time Meg Preissler met Jameson Laliberte the little boy had just had blood drawn for what seemed like the millionth time. Preissler knew what it was like to be poked and prodded because of kidney failure. This common thread between the second-year medical student and the third-grader, is the reason Preissler was chosen to be Jameson’s buddy by Sidekicks, a volunteer program that pairs new UMass Medical students with young patients being treated for cancer and other illnesses.
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