|I bought the multi-colored bracelet and|
necklace at the MOPS meeting!
When a hospital and doctors join together in this program (M.D. Anderson is a member hospital) a child received a bead with each procedure or stick as tests and shots are called. They collect these beads and some will have so many they're too heavy for them to wear them all! Now when they're out people, especially other children, look at their beads instead of their sickness i.e. bald heads etc. and when they ask about the beads the child gets to tell their story!
|I made these Wednesday!|
I first learned of this organization when two women came to our MOPS meeting in Sealy. I am a MOPS Mentor, just so you know I do not have pre-schoolers - EEK. Anyway, as they spoke and showed us pictures of children with their beads I just knew I had a heart for this charity. Through our years with Team in Training (Leukemia Society) we met so many children that would have loved these beads, now they probably get them, but they didn't back then. I also have a friend that is a pediatric oncologist and I contacted her and she said this is wonderful for the kids and so I've jumped in! You will hear more as the big fundraiser for the year is coming up in September in Katy, TX and I hope to get parties started all around. But now to what I made at the party Wednesday night and three special beads I purchased. Please go to www.beadsofcourage.org and check this out! Those of you who are friends with me on FB will see updates and if you really want to see one of these special kids - check out Praying for Silas on FB. He will break your heart and inspire you more than you can even imagine and he's four!
The picture of the book and bead and the three beads together are from the 2012 Beads Design Challenge. You get a book when you one of these challenge beads. Children were ask to draw pictures of what they thought represented Hope, Joy, Laughter, Spirit, Life, Love and Peace if they were a bead. These were the winning pictures. The pictures were then sent to artists who turned the drawing into a glass bead! I have three HOPE, JOY and LAUGH. I hope to add the others, but we will see. They are a limited edition of 100 of each bead, so I better hurry up!
So here's to Beads of Courage! I'll show more when I make more! Let me know if you want to schedule a party and live in the Houston, Sealy or Katy, TX area!