September is Bead Challenge month. We are raising the bar in 2018 and we need your help to achieve these goals.
When you Sponsor A Beads for $5 each, you make it possible for children to receive the artist-made glass beads created and donated by bead artists during Bead Challenge. The more beads you sponsor, the more children you help!
Each bead you sponsor will be given to a child to honor their Act of Courage in a moment during treatment requiring extraordinary courage and strength. Act of Courage beads are given at the bedside for treatment defining moments like:
- BIG events (learning to walk/talk again, tumor resection, remission, treatment milestones, discontinuation of intubation)
- An unusual number of needle pokes or concerning events in one day
- Prolonged VAD placement/ECMO/ICU stays
- Coping with limitations or new experiences during to diagnosis and treatment
What Else Are We Raising?
During Bead Challenge, we call upon volunteer glass bead artists across the U.S. to make and donate as many beads as possible for our ongoing needs (up to 100,000 beads a year!). Each bead is individually packaged as an Act of Courage bead and distributed to our member hospitals to be given to children in a treatment-defining moment. If you're a bead artist, this is your time to shine! You truly put the ART in our arts-in-medicine mission.
The more people hear about Beads of Courage and begin to understand our mission, the more children we can help! You can make a difference by liking and sharing our social media posts, joining our fundraising team on Crowdrise and asking your friends and family to donate by sponsoring beads during Bead Challenge. Tell YOUR story and let people know why Beads of Courage is important to you!
Given at the bedside, Beads of Courage are spirit-lifting, which can be lifesaving in the moment. The Beads of Courage program makes children happy. It helps them cope with treatment and restores their confidence and self-worth. It encourages them to stay strong and feel proud of what they have accomplished. It gives them a way to record, tell and own their stories of courage. Join with us to put beads in the hands of these courageous little fighters. Let's raise their spirits and let them know they are never alone. Together, we make healing happen!
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What Happens When You Sponsor A Bead?