Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 10: Making Courage Roar In and Out of the Hospital!

Happy Monday everybody! I just had an awesome talk with one of our amazing Child Life Specialists, Angie, who gets Beads of Courage into the hands of children and teens coping with serious illness at Renown Regional Medical Center in Nevada.

Angie has been at Renown for 19 years, and became a Child Life Specialist in 2010. She was there when the Beads of Courage program started at her hospital in 2006. She told me that Beads of Courage has a great impact on bereavement, because it gives parents a tangible way to show all of the things their child went through.

Not only does Angie administer Beads of Courage at her hospital, she also supports the Carry a Bead program! Angie wears beads when she runs half marathons. Recently, Angie and her teammates carried beads on a 178 mile relay race! They ran in honor of one of their patients in the Emergency Room. How amazing is that?!

Thanks, Angie, for sharing your story with me and for helping make healing happen. Child Life Specialists are an important part of getting beads in the hands of children and teens coping with serious illnesses. That’s it from me today! Tomorrow is #TravelTuesday, and you’ll get to hear all about one of our amazing supporters who took beads around the world. See ya then!

Courage Tiger’s 2017 Road Trip is a feature of the 9th Annual Bead Challenge, a three-month nationwide fundraiser and beadraiser for Beads of Courage. As the official Beads of Courage mascot, Courage Tiger is visiting all 50 states to highlight the incredible work our organization does by sharing stories of our courageous members, families, clinicians, and the caring community of artists and supporters who make our vital work possible. Please get involved in Bead Challenge 2017 by visiting today. Sign up to PARTICIPATE as a fundraiser, CREATE glass beads, or DONATE to the cause. With your help, we can Make Courage Roar for kids coping with serious illness! Many thanks to Bead Challenge 2017 presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual and supporting sponsor Soda Lime Times.

– Contributed by Cristal Rogers, Marketing and Communications Intern, Beads of Courage