What Do Act of Courage Beads Mean to Our Members?
My beloved Bradley Owen Blevins was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma liver cancer on August 7, 2017. He gained his wings on December 14, 2017. His very first Act of Courage bead was a turtle. The nurse who gave Bradley this beautiful bead told us that turtles are a symbol of longevity, endurance, persistence, and the continuation of life (sometimes against incredible odds). This turtle bead meant so much to us, because it is said that, when lost, turtles are excellent navigators and often find their way home. That’s exactly what Bradley did for us: he helped us know he will find where home is. Beads of Courage has helped many people see what our beloved son had to go through. It's one thing for us tell them and it's another to have a beautiful display of different beads that each symbolize a different meaning. It has helped us continue to be strong and has given us hope that one day there will be a cure to childhood cancer. (Bradley's Mom)
More Act of Courage Stories
My Act of Courage bead that I am pointing to in the photo is for my diagnosis of basal ganglia calcification, or Fahr's disease. Fahr's disease is a rare brain disease that causes calcium buildups in the brain. This bead is special to me because it reminds me that I am not alone in my fight and struggles. When I got this bead I felt incredibly proud, because despite getting this new diagnosis, I am still going through life and kicking butt! This Act of Courage bead helps me stay strong and encourages me to keep going because I know that even though my disease is around one in a million, I will never be alone in my journey.
John's favorite Act of Courage bead is his transplant bead, because it gave him a second chance at life and to be able to play sports. The beads help start conversations that tell his story. The transplant bead helped him show how his journey got even better. (John's mom)
My special bead is one with purple dots on it. I earned it after a rough trip to the ICU. This bead means the world to me! When I got it, I felt like all my pain was moved to this bead and that this bead was a sign of my courage. Every hospitalization, I look at this bead and it reminds me that if I went through that, I can go through this. Every time I get a bead, I feel like I could move mountains! Beads of Courage is like the little light in every child that is part of this program.
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