Beads of Courage – Carry A Bead Program
GIVE HOPE. HONOR COURAGE. CARRY A BEAD.
Carry a Bead and inspire a child to stay strong in their fight for life.
WHAT IS CARRY A BEAD?
The Beads of Courage Carry a Bead program offers an easy and fun way for individuals, groups and teams to support children coping with serious illness. It is a simple act of human caring and compassion that anyone can do – children and adults alike!
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BEADS I CARRY?
Your compassion, love and good intentions are infused into the beads you carry and return, which will be packaged with a handwritten note card and given to a child coping with cancer or another serious illness.
The child will add the bead to their Beads of Courage strand as an ever-present reminder that someone is thinking about them, fighting alongside them, and honoring their amazing courage.
HOW DOES CARRY A BEAD HELP?
Remember, the children and teens we support are hospitalized for long periods of time. When you Carry a Bead, you share a special place you’ve been or a fun experience you’ve had with a child needing a boost of encouragement on a tough treatment day. No experience is too big or too small to Carry a Bead.
The funds raised from the Carry a Bead program support our mission of hope and healing for children coping with serious illness through our arts-in-medicine programs. Thank you for being part of Team Beads of Courage!
CARRY A BEAD TESTIMONIALS
Every time you carry a bead, you encourage kids like Alex and Zachary to stay strong and keep fighting!
Beads of Courage member Alex received a bead that was carried by Sarah Tierney of Merrimack College. Her encouragement note reads, “I wore this bead in my race today! Stay strong! I am thinking of you!!! Keep fighting – you rock!”
Alex sent us a thank-you note which says: “Thank you for my Carry a Bead. It’s really cool that you carried it in your race! I hope you did well. Thanks for carrying beads for kids like me. Here’s a picture of me wearing your bead. It’s the blue one with yellow polka dots right in the middle of all the beads I earned in November.”
Zachary received a bead that was carried by Katlyn Jablonski of Kallispell, Montana, who carried her beads in a logging competition! On her encouragement note, Katlyn wrote, “I am nowhere near as brave as you, but I hope my adventure could make you smile!”
Zachary’s mom shares, “This is Zachary. He is 15 years old. I adopted Zach at birth. He developed autism at age 3 and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome at age 7, which is a deadly epileptic disorder. He is failure to thrive, so he has a GI tube.”
“Zach just received a Carry a Bead to carry along on our rough days. The bead was carried in his honor. It had its own journey and now it is joining Zach on ours. This bead is for strength.”
CARRY A BEAD KITS
Kits ideal for individuals, partners, or small groups to Carry a Bead.
Classic Carry a Bead Kit ($15) – The Carry a Bead kit that started it all! Perfect for anyone who wants to Carry a Bead to give hope to a child coping with serious illness.
Heroes Carry a Bead Kit ($15) – Specially created for those in law enforcement, EMS, fire and rescue services, active-duty military and veterans to share your strength and courage with a child in the Beads of Courage program.
ACTIVITY SPECIFIC KITS
Baseball Carry a Bead Kit ($15) – Be an MVP and hit a homerun for Beads of Courage kids when you Carry a Bead to the ballgame.
Golf Carry a Bead Kit ($15) – Make a hole in one for a child coping with serious illness the next time you hit the links.
Hiking Carry a Bead Kit ($15) – Share the sights and sounds of your favorite trail with Beads of Courage members.
Pet Carry a Bead Kit ($15) – Your pet can be a courage companion when they Carry a Bead to support a child coping with serious illness.
Arizona Carry a Bead Kit ($15) – Show your love for the Grand Canyon State with this specialty Carry a Bead kit containing two artist-made saguaro cactus beads.
These kits contain handcrafted glass beads created exclusively for Beads of Courage by our supporting glass bead artists.
CARRY A BEAD BUNDLES FOR GROUPS/TEAMS
Our specially priced Carry a Bead Group Kits ($125 for 25 people – $5pp) provide the perfect opportunity for your group or team to bond over the rewarding experience of encouraging children coping with serious illness when you Carry a Bead together. Each Carry a Bead Group Kit contains everything you need including easy-to-follow instructions.
Choose your team or group color too! All funds raised support Beads of Courage.
Both children and adults can Carry a Bead! For example:
- Youth Sports Team
- Scout Troops
- School Bands
- Cheer Squads
- Church Groups
- Civic Organizations
- Sororities & Fraternities
- College/Semi-Pro/Pro Sports Teams
- Police and Fire Departments