One little bead can make a big difference in the life of a sick child.
When Jack was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), his family found comfort in the Bravery Bead program at Children’s Hospital.
They faced a difficult journey. At only five years old, Jack had over 100 billion leukemia cells in his body and had years of treatment ahead of him.
Thankfully the Bravery Bead program was there every step of the way. Not only counting each poke, test and procedure, but even the special moments like birthdays or milestones.
This program was special for Jack’s entire family - including his little brother Clint, who always made sure he was making Jack laugh and smile throughout all his treatments. He received special sibling beads too.
The boys amassed quite the collection of beads, commemorating the journey they had at Children’s Hospital. After three long years, Jack took his final at-home chemotherapy dose and he has been cancer free for more than seven years.
The Bravery Bead program is important to many families at Children’s Hospital as it helps recognize and celebrate each moment along their health care journey. This program is fully funded by donors and can only be made possible by donations.
Much of the funding for this program comes from events hosted by Optimist International. Due to COVID-19, events supporting this program have been cancelled.
At diagnosis, children receive a “starter necklace” which includes a string, beads to spell their name and their very first bead from the Optimist Club. The sun bead is a sign of hope and optimism for kids in treatment at Children's Hospital.
Thank you for making this program possible!