Charlie’s Beads

The Beads of Courage Program

IMG_20160129_174221_829“The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.”(1)

Charlie’s Beads of Courage began when he was given, via his parents, a length of string and beads that spelled out his name. Then, colorful beads were added each time Charlie reached a treatment milestone. 

Jean Baruch, RN, BSN is the founder of Beads of Courage. “In 11 years since our inception, our organization has established our programs in over 240 children's hospitals in the United States, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. Our growth is evidence of the need for the type of support Beads of Courage provides for children coping with serious illness,”

 

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(1) http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/beadsofcourage.html