From the Beads of Courage website:
The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.
How Does it Work?
Upon enrollment each child is given the Beads of Courage bead color guide with a detachable membership card. Their Beads of Courage journey begins when each child is first given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone are given to the child by their professional health care provider to add to their Beads of Courage collection throughout their treatment as determined by the Beads of Courage Bead Guide (available from Beads of Courage, Inc.)
The Beads of Courage Program is available for the following:
Cancer and Blood Disorders
Neonatal ICU Families
Beads of Courage, Inc. provides all hospitals the necessary program materials accompanied by education, training and support to implement the Beads of Courage Program.
On-site training for staff that covers research and the science behind psychosocial interventions
Procedure and alphabet bead collections
Handmade one-of-a-kind treatment milestone beads (This is where I come in!)
Program literature (training manuals, membership bead guides and more)
Ongoing support for the staff during the longevity of the program
Beads of Courage, Inc. believes strongly in collaborating with local non-profits, local businesses and private donors to provide the Beads of Courage Program at their community hospital. The Program Sponsor or Donor supports the program financially.
I have been a regular participating artisan bead donator since I began making beads in 2012. I believe strongly in the mission of the program and the strength in these little beads! I hope you will consider supporting Beads of Courage!
You can purchase pre made kits directly from Beads of Courage at www.beadsofcourage.org or you can purchase the kit from me, with beads made by me, specifically for your adventure!
Kits are $15 each which includes shipping. 50% of all proceeds from the kits go directly to Beads of Courage! Just click on the link to contact me here to request your kit. Please allow ample time for me to make your special beads! I suggest ordering 2-3 weeks ahead of your adventure.
Take them along on your next adventure, wear your beads, start a conversation about Beads of Courage with someone who notices them and tell them how they can get their own beads to carry!
It need not be an epic adventure. Maybe you are heading out on vacation, seeing some place new, participating in a walk or run, any little outing would be the perfect chance to carry artisan made beads 🙂