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About Beads of Courage, Inc. 

It is our mission and passion to trasform the treatment experience for children coping with serious illness by helping them RECORD, TELL and OWN their story of COURAGE. 

The Beads of Courage® Program is available for all children coping with serious illness. 

  • Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Burn Injuries
  • Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Chronic Illness 
  • Adult Oncology (Pilot Program) 

Through the Beads of Courage Program children use colorful beads to tell their story of courage. They begin with their name on a lanyard and then follow a bead guide that determines the different beads they will receive along their treatment journey. 

For example, a yellow bead represents a night spent away from the comforts of home, a black bead signifies each poke or blood draw, a white bead symbolizes each round of chemotherapy, and a handmade glass bead recognizes a significant milestone in treatment, which we call and Act of Courage bead. 

The Beads of Courage Program provides children a new coping strategy to help them along their challenging treatment journey. Every bead they receive tells a story of strength, honor and hope. 

Thank you again for your interest, support and genuine concern for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them. 

The Beads of Courage Program is available in 150 children's hospitals around the World. 

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All donations are 100% tax-deductible as Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization. Please consult your tax advisor on your personal tax situation.