The NTPCG has chosen Beads of Courage as our community service project. Members are encouraged to make beads and bring them to our monthly meetings. The Community Services chairperson collects the beads and mails them to Beads of Courage.

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.

Flagship 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 beads that are donated by members of glass, polymer clay, wood, etc., organizations.

The Beads of Courage® Program is available for the following:
  • Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Burn injuries
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Chronic Illness
  • Adult Oncology (pilot)

Program Development
All Program bead guides were developed in collaboration with experts in the field (nurses, doctors, child life specialists and social workers) so that each bead guide would reflect meaningful acknowledgment of a member’s treatment journey.

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.

Current Programs
We currently provide the Beads of Courage program to 150+ sites in 6 countries. In 2013, we launched 43 new programs.

Beads of Courage, Inc.
3230 N Dodge Blvd. Suite J
Tucson, AZ 85716

Contact Information:
Ashley Ethridge
Director of Communications & Development