What is Beads of Courage®?
Beads of Courage® is a nonprofit organization that supports and strengthens children and families coping with serious illness. Through the Beads of Courage program, children tell their unique stories using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey. Beads are given according to a program specific program bead guide. This program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increases the use of positive coping strategies, helps children find meaning in illness and restores a sense of self in those coping with serious illness. The program also provides something tangible for the child to use to tell about their experience during treatment and after. The Beads of Courage program is currently offered at more than 150 children’s hospitals worldwide.