Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 18: #TravelTuesday with Michael!

Hey, it’s Courage Tiger! Since it’s Tuesday, I’m taking a break from my travels, but that has not stopped Michael Martinez. Michael first discovered Beads of Courage when a family friend recommended that he carried beads at his martial arts competitions. Michael has been carrying beads since 2013. He first took beads to the ISKA US OPEN international martial arts competition in Orlando, Florida, and then to the AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit, Michigan. Ever since then Michael has brought beads all over the world with him.

Michael has taken beads to Miami, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Orlando, and not just to competitions. He has brought beads to Disney Parks like Magic Kingdom and to the Coronado Resort. I asked him why he carries beads, and he said, “I carry Beads to inspire the kids and let them know there are people all around that are rooting for them! During training and practice I feel like it’s not just me going through the process but I feel like the future bead recipient and I are going through it together. It adds a team aspect to the whole journey.”

Thanks Michael for helping Make Courage Roar by carrying beads! If you want to participate in Bead Challengeyou can also get a Carry a Bead and share your travels with us. That’s all from me for today. I’m ready to hit the road and continue my trip tomorrow in Idaho.

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