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Two Mayo Clinic video stories related to World War II earned global recognition from the 45th annual Telly Awards honoring outstanding video and television projects.

A patient story published on the Mayo Clinic News Network, "A veteran's journey from Holocaust to hope at Mayo Clinic," received a Silver Telly Award in the category of Television, General, Biography.

Mayo Clinic's Jason Howland, reporter; Kevin Sullivan, videographer; Tammy Goemaat, producer; and Eugene Kwon, M.D., urologist and supervising physician, were recognized for their work. They shared the story of an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor, retired Green Beret of the U.S. Army Special Forces, and prostate cancer survivor who volunteers at Mayo Clinic.

"We are proud to be recognized for this beautiful story of hope and resilience, representing Mayo Clinic values of compassion and healing," says Halena Gazelka, M.D., medical director for Mayo Clinic Communications.

Watch online via the Mayo Clinic News Network website,

"Rising to the Challenge: The Mayo Aero Medical Unit in World War II" earned a Gold Telly Award in the category of Non-Broadcast, General, History and a Silver Telly Award for Non-Broadcast, Craft, Use of Archival Footage.

The Mayo Clinic Heritage Film tells the story of Mayo's innovative work to protect WWII pilots from the deadly effects of high altitude and g-force. In the process, the Mayo team opened new horizons for human flight.

Heritage Films are produced by Mayo Clinic Media Support Services and the Mayo Clinic Heritage Program with the collaboration of internal and external specialists. The film is made possible with leadership support from John T. and Lillian G. Mathews, founding benefactors of Mayo Clinic Heritage Hall.

 "The Mayo Aero Medical Unit is a classic example of Mayo's value of teamwork — physicians, scientists and allied health professionals coming together under wartime conditions to serve the nation and advance medical science in protecting humans in challenging environments," says Jan Stepanek, M.D., program director of the Mayo Clinic Aerospace Medicine Program in Arizona, and a subject matter specialist for the film.

Watch online through the Mayo Clinic History and Heritage website,