Thank you for having the Courage to Care and for supporting the Beads of Courage® Chronic Conditions Program for the patients and families treated at Children's National Health System.
About the Beads of Courage® Program The Beads of Courage Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program members tell their story 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. For milestones in their treatment journey, they receive handmade one-of-a-kind glass beads that are donated by members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).
Outcomes-Every bead tells a story of Strength, Honor and Hope Ongoing evaluation of the Beads of Courage® program indicates that the program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increase the use of positive coping strategies, helps members find meaning in illness, and restore sense of self in those coping with serious illness. The program also provides something tangible the member can use to tell about their experience during treatment and after.
About Beads of Courage, Inc. Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization committed to strengthening resilience and promoting the well-being of children coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them. Beads of Courage, Inc. achieves its mission through the development and implementation of innovative Arts-in-Medicine programs.