Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 14: Mushing with Beads

Brr, it’s cold out here in Alaska! While I was exploring Alaska, I visited the Children’s Hospital at Providence, which is the only hospital in Alaska with our Beads of Courage Program. After I visited a few of my friends there, I walked around and met some amazing mushers who told me about their involvement in the Beads on the Trail program. 

Since 2011, Beads of Courage has partnered with Artmosphere Studio in Anchorage, Alaska, to send artist made glass beads with mushers competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Iditarod mushers share the strength and courage they need for this demanding race through the beads they carry on the 1,000-mile-long trail in the Alaskan wilderness. 

All the beads that were carried by the mushers are sent as Act of Courage beads to our children and teens who are coping with serious illnesses. Did you know that Act of Courage beads are given on tough days of treatment, or for moments that are unique to a member’s treatment journey? These beads are so special, just like each and every one of our members. Check back tomorrow for another awesome story from Alaska!

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