Beads of Courage
Each year during our Glass Festival we open our flameroom to the hot glass community to create and donate beautiful unique glass beads that that are sent to the Beads of Courage program.
The Beads of Courage is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and teens coping with serious illness and their families. It is the standard of care in more than 300 children’s hospitals worldwide. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads that serve as meaning symbols honoring their courage displayed along their unique treatment path.
Every Beads of Courage® program integrates the use of beads, the earliest art form known to humans, as visible, tangible symbols of human experiences that need and deserve to be expressed. Every time a bead is given courage is honored, suffering is alleviated, resilience is strengthened, and the experience of human caring is affirmed.
How Does it Work?
Upon enrollment each child is given the Beads of Courage bead color guide we call the Beads of Courage Bead Prescription (available from Beads of Courage, Inc). Their Beads of Courage experience begins when each child is first given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colorful beads, each representing courage during their treatment experiences are given to the child by their professional health care provider as determined by the Beads of Courage Bead Prescription. As beads are added to their Beads of Courage collection, children and teens can RECORD, TELL, and OWN their stories of courage.
Every year, they distribute approximately 100,000 artist-made beads to Beads of Courage members.
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