Beads of Courage in Tucson is the "international" office of an effort that supports over 15,000 children in the U.S., New Zealand and Japan. Through their Arts in Medicine program, the program helps children with cancer and other serious illness. The salesperson explained "there is a bead for chemotherapy, for radiation, for heart surgery...." In addition, many bead artists (including those from Tucson and the Sonoran Glass Academy) have incredible handmade beads for sale. Here is a sample from just two of the many artists. Can you find the tiny "cupcake" in the center of one of the beads?
I am amazed at the intricate designs.
They have a "bead bar" for parties where kids and adults can pick their beads and make a necklace, bracelet, earrings. They also have special events such as on Mother's Day, May 11. Volunteers are also welcome.
To find out more information about Beads of Courage, go to www.BeadsofCourage.org .