Lurie Children’s Beads of Courage program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Each year, hundreds of patients take part in our program. For a child facing cancer, it is often difficult to put feelings into words. The Beads of Courage program, supported by the Young Associates Board, helps patients in the Division of Hematology, Oncology, Neuro-oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation explain what they are going through during times of treatment.
Once a child begins the program, they are given a string with their name on it and several beads to act as the foundation of their story. As their treatment continues, their collection of beads grows to include significant events such as birthdays, procedures and acts of courage. Noe Mojica, LCSW, MDiv, PhD, Social Worker and Beads of Courage Program Coordinator says, “Over the last 10 years, we have surpassed a quarter of a million beads handed out. Our staff has been deeply inspired by so many patients we have served throughout these years. More than 1,000 kids have participated in this program since its beginning back in 2006.”
The beads not only serve as a means of expression but also as a testament of a child’s ongoing strength and bravery. Patients proudly display their strands of beads during clinic appointments and hospital stays – inviting others to share in their courageous journey with them.
“Beads of Courage provides our patients and families a tangible way to share their story of hope and courage throughout cancer treatment,” says Mojica. “The program is also helpful for staff – educating them about the challenges patients and families face during treatment.”
Our Beads of Courage program is funded by the Young Associates Board, as well as the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation. If you would like to contribute to the program, please contact the Foundation at 312.277.7500, firstname.lastname@example.org or make an online gift at youngassociatesboard.org.