Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Please help the Beads of Courage program on December 2


I know you're probably focusing on turkey and family right now, but what are you doing on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving?  Did you know it's #GivingTuesday?

Beads of Courage, a program near and dear to my heart, needs some help to get 300 kids off the waiting list for beads.  You can donate here on their Crowdwise funding page, or copy and paste this link into your browser:  https://www.crowdrise.com/bocgivingtuesday.  It's easy and you can rest assured that Jean and her team use these funds expertly, with incredible passion and energy for kids facing serious illnesses.

Here's some more information about this program, straight from their website:

Did you know that not all Beads of Courage children get their beads at a hospital? MANY children get their beads in the mail through our "Beads from a Distance" program - either because there is no hospital program in their area, or because their hospital does not provide beads for their particular illness.

The "Beads from a Distance" program is offered FREE to all children and teens who meet the criteria to participate. These are children with both acute and chronic life-threatening illnesses.

As word has spread of this popular and empowering program, an ever-growing demand for "Beads from a Distance" has outpaced our ability to provide beads to all children and families requesting them.

A lack of funds for "Beads from a Distance" has resulted in a current waiting list of 300 children in the U.S. and 100 on the international waiting list, with only a few fortunate children per month officially moved off the waiting list and enrolled in the program.

The long wait to start receiving Beads of Courage is extremely frustrating for children and families who are already coping with the stress of serious illness.

Through the "Beads from a Distance" program, children receive colorful beads for every test, treatment, and procedure they undergo. The beads serve as powerful visual symbols of courage and help children (and those around them!) realize how strong they are in the face of sometimes frightening medical challenges.

Beads of Courage have been shown to:

• Decrease illness-related distress
• Increase the use of positive coping strategies
• Help children find meaning in their illness
• Restore a sense of self
• Provide a way to tell others of their experiences

We need YOU to make beads come true!

Please help us reach our goal of $20,000 by Giving Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

"Giving Tuesday" is a global movement added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a day for giving back after the two biggest spending days of the year!

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