Beads Make it Better We provide innovative arts-in medicine programs that improve the quality
of life of children coping with serious illnesses.
Every Bead Tells a Story We empower children to tell their stories of courage through colorful beads
that represent their treatment journey.
Believe in Beads We make every day brighter for children coping with serious illness
with beads that honor courage and strengthen resilience.

Our Mission

To provide innovative Arts-in-Medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them.
On any given day, Beads of Courage helps

60,000 children and teens in 9 countries tell their stories of courage

14000000
Beads Given Annually
60000
Children Supported Daily
400
Member hospitals worldwide
20
Arts-in-medicine programs
7
Fulltime clinicians on staff

Every time a bead is given, courage is honored, suffering is alleviated, resilience is strengthened, and the experience of human caring is affirmed. Every Beads of Courage Program integrates the use of beads, the earliest art form known to humans, as visible, tangible symbols of human experiences that need and deserve to be expressed.

What Beads of Courage Members Say

Thank you for the support we've received so far in 2021

Make An Impact With Your Donation

Aspire Higher

Aviana aspires to be a doctor when she grows up so she can help kids like herself. At Beads of Courage, we aspire to do great things, too – but we can’t do it alone. Together, let’s Aspire Higher!

Raised
$6,250

Be a Wingman

Be a Wingman for a child on the waiting list for our Beads in the Mail program. Currently more than 600 kids coping with serious illness need YOU to be their wingman and help them get their Beads of Courage!

Raised
$19,460

Courage Keepers

Make a long-lasting impact when you join the Courage Keepers, our sustaining monthly donor program. Help children and teens stay strong and encouraged in their fight for life.
You are their hero!

Raised
$16,713

Friends of Beads of Courage

Not sure which campaign to support? Be a friend to Beads of Courage with your financial gift today. We will direct your funds where they are needed the most to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Raised
$57,958

Team Beads of Courage

Support Team Beads of Courage and the volunteer athletes who walk, run, or bike ride on behalf of BOC. Currently we are focusing on the 2021 El Tour de Tucson bike race. Be part of our #beadstrong community!

Raised
$8,395

World Beads of Courage Day

It’s time to speak up for courage! Join our global celebration of courage now through September 30 as a donor or fundraiser. Click on the link to read about the gifts we are offering in gratitude for your support of our mission!

Raised
$6,393

Upcoming Events

Designing With The Stars

Designing With The Stars

Autumn Auction

Autumn Auction

Coffee or Cocktails

Coffee or Cocktails

El Tour de Tucson

El Tour de Tucson

Beads, Blues and Beer

Beads, Blues and Beer

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Be a Source of Encouragement Today

At Beads of Courage we believe in the healing power of art, not just for the children in our program, but for those who support them. Here are some fun and creative ways to join our mission of hope and healing today:
Express your creativity and bring cheer to children coping with serious illness. Decorate art cards that will be packaged with beads and given to children in the Beads of Courage program. Available for individuals and groups.
Carry a bead during an event or activity and return it to us with a note of encouragement to be given to a child in the Beads of Courage program on a tough treatment day. Available for individuals and groups.
String beads to create colorful Courage Clips and decorate art cards to be given to children in the Beads of Courage program. Learn interesting facts about beads and glass making. Available for groups of 10 or more.
Create colorful bracelets using beads that symbolize intentions like joy, hope and healing. Keep one bracelet and return one to be given to a child in the Beads of Courage program. Available for groups of 10 or more.
We're Making A Difference in So Many Ways

Beads of Courage News and Updates

Partners in Caring

THANK YOU FOR MAKING HEALING HAPPEN WITH YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT

                                        

**Note this form is NOT for people who wish to receive Beads of Courage for the 1st time. Information on the Beads in the Mail program.