Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 12: Bead it Like Beckham

Courage Tiger here and I just arrived in Oregon! Beads of Courage is not in any hospitals in Oregon yet, but that doesn’t stop us from helping children and teens who live there! Beckham is one of the children we support in Oregon through our Beads in the Mail Program. We ship his beads right to his front door since he can’t get them at his local hospital. 

Beckham is just about to turn four and was born with posterior urethral valves, which resulted in chronic kidney disease. When he was talking about his beads, he told me that he feels special when they come in the mail and that he gets to add them to the strand! Beckham told me his beads are special to him because, “Having my name surrounded by all of the other beads makes me feel brave. All of the beads represent MY journey, so I like that my name gets to be there.”


Beckham’s courage roars in Oregon! You can support kids like Beckham who are in the Beads in the Mail Program by becoming a wingman. Learn more hereThanks Beckham for sharing your story with me, I think I can hear your courage roar from the next state over! I’m leaving Oregon tonight, check back tomorrow to see what state I visit next!

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 www.beadchallenge.org 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