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.
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
•Neonatal ICU Families
More information on the national Beads of Courage program can be seen at http://www.beadsofcourage.org/
Some photos from last year’s Open Studio are shown below.
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!