Beads of Courage Beaver Island Style

Every bead tells a story of strength, honor and hope. The Beads of Courage program is for children coping with serious illness. They get a bead for going through the many procedures in their recovery program. With these beads they build necklaces showing their progress in their treatment programs.

On Tuesday, September 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Beaver Island Jewelry will host an Open Studio for Beads of Courage. This is on Beaver Island (Michigan) – please call 448-2205 if you need an address. We will have glass beads available for “sponsorship”. You can sponsor a bead with $5 on up. These sponsored beads, made by Nancy Peterson, will then be sent to the Beads of Courage program headquarters in Arizona to be distributed to the participating Beads of Courage hospitals. You can write a check or bring cash.

Beads of Courage Program

Beads of Courage Program

What is the Beads of Courage Program?

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 it works

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

•Cardiac Conditions

•Burn injuries

•Neonatal ICU Families

Chronic Illness

More information on the national Beads of Courage program can be seen at

Some photos from last year’s Open Studio are shown below.




Sponsors picking beads 2012


2012 sponsored beads

2012 sponsored beads

Last year my Beaver Island Art Group also got together and made polymer clay beads to send to the Beads of Courage program.

This year we will paint on beads – I have made glass beads and they will paint on the beads with vitrous paint which will be baked to set the paint. Any comments can be left in the comment section!


Beaver Island Art Group making polymer clay beads

Beaver Island Art Group making polymer clay beads

polymer clay

Polymer clay beads made by Beaver Island Art Group

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  1. Chelsea Nedrow says:


    My name is Chelsea Nedrow. I am 22 years old and competing this coming summer in local pageants for the next Miss America season. My platform is based around helping support the beads of courage organization. I am interested in participating/helping in your event this fall! I would love some more information and would love love love to know what else I can do to help! Hopefully we can get in contact.

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Nancy says:

      Hi Chelsea – my event is usually on Beaver Island (Michigan). Are you on Beaver Island in the summer? You can contact the national Beads of Courage people who are in Arizona and they can probably help you connect with someone in your area. Beads of courage is a great organization and I think it is cool that you would like to help with this.

      Ann Arbor & Beaver Island

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