Beads of Courage held its "Celebration of Courage" event on Friday at Diamond Children's at the University of Arizona Medical Center. The organization provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children who are coping with serious illness; it also supports their families and health care providers.
During the event, community members made bracelets for patients. Also, the Barnum & Bailey Bead of Courage Clowns attended to provide entertainment for the patients and their families. This year, about 30 children and teenagers attended the event with their families. Oro Valley Dolphins and Cheer Association youth made and carried more than 50 beads, giving them to patients during the event. Also, more than 50"Dream Beads" were given out and more than 50 Beads of Courage "Strength Bracelets" were made during the event.
"We believe that it is important to host a Celebration of Courage event once a year to provide a meaningful context to honor the courage of children and families we support through Beads of Courage," said Jean Baruch, executive director of Beads of Courage. "A celebration is a form of ceremony that involves purposeful time dedicated to reflecting upon milestones overcome along a challenging treatment journey. We are grateful for the caring clinicians at Diamond Children's who make a commitment daily to help children record, tell and own their story of courage through Beads of Courage." (Photos by Darci Slaten/UAMC)