May 3, 2005, 6:50 AM
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From their on-line about:
What is Beads of Courage?
what is the program?
Beads of CourageŽ is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen the protective resources in children coping with cancer. 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.
how does the program work?
Upon enrollment each child is given the Beads of CourageŽ bead color guide (see back) with a detachable membership card. Their Beads of CourageŽ journey begins when each child is first given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone are given to the child by their professional health care provider to add to their Beads of CourageŽ collection throughout their treatment.
why does the program help?
Ongoing evaluation of the Beads of CourageŽ program indicates that the program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increase the use of positive coping strategies, helps children find meaning in illness, and restore sense of self in children coping with cancer. The program also provides something tangible the child can use to tell about their experience during cancer treatment and after.
are there ways i can help?
Assist with the national outreach effort to provide this program to all children coping with cancer by starting a Beads of CourageŽ site in your area, or by making a financial donation to help established Beads of CourageŽ sites pay for the ongoing expense of program materials.
You can find out more at http://beadsofcourage.net
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