Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage is an organization that empowers seriously ill children going through medical treatments by giving them a bead for each procedure they face. Children collect and string these beads over the course of their illness as a symbol and as proof of their bravery and courage.

I chose this photo to share, along with the original caption from Instagram, so you could read about Scarlette. I love her fierce little face and was so charmed by her intense gaze that I didn’t even notice that she’s missing her left shoulder. You can see a couple of polymer clay beads in her strand (the face bead and the car). There are undoubtedly more. Scarlette’s been through a lot (and is now happily growing up)!

Beads of Courage provides tremendous numbers of beads to children and their families so they happily accept donations. Money is always good, because they need large quantities of “program beads” that must be purchased. But if you are a beadmaker (glass or polymer clay), you might want to look into donating your art beads. You can learn more about donating beads here.

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Beads of Courage is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by pediatric oncology nurse Jean Gribbon. The organization’s mission is to provide innovative arts-in-medicine programs that improve the quality of life of children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. Beads of Courage now serves 60,000 children annually in 240 children’s hospitals. The core Beads of Courage Program empowers children to record, tell and own their stories of courage during their treatment journey. Participants receive colorful beads for each test, procedure, and milestone: white beads for chemotherapy, black beads for needle pokes, red beads for blood transfusions, etc. Every bead a child receives symbolizes their journey of hope and healing. ... IMPACT STORY: Meet Beads of Courage member Scarlette. This brave 4-year-old has been through so much in her young life, but faces each day with courage and resilience. ... Scarlette had her left arm, shoulder, clavicle, and scapula amputated in 2014. She has been through 21 surgeries and months of chemotherapy and physical therapy. She has spent more than 200 days in the hospital. ... Her mom shares, "Scarlette absolutely loves her Beads of Courage! I’m beyond proud of her and her journey. Now that she’s growing up, she can see how much she’s gone through with every colorful glass bead on her strand. We love to share her excitement, love for life, and joy. If it brightens even one person's day, then we’re happy!" ... #glassybabybabygrants #beadsofcourage #artsinmedicine #beadsmakeitbetter

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