Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 25: #TravelTuesday with Casey and India!

You know what today is? #TravelTuesday! That means I get to tell you all about one of our amazing supporters who carries beads on her travels, just like I am! Casey Sheppard discovered Beads of Courage while giving a workshop in Arizona, and she instantly fell in love with our program.

Casey and India the adventure dog!


Casey started a project in 2015 called Case of the Nomads. She converted a Ford Transit Connect (a mini cargo van) and loaded up India the adventure dog. They left Los Angeles to travel all over the United States. They drove to different cities and towns to discover new things and visit with locals, connecting with art, bikes and more! Casey has even traveled all over the world with her Carry a Bead, and is  taking them to New Zealand in 2018 for the Tour Aotearoa! Casey told me:

Casey’s Carry a Beads


“No matter if I’m facing heath issues, van liftin’, lecturing or doing a solo bike camping trip I may still be scared but I am no longer alone. Behind each bead lies a kid that unknowingly is giving me strength through their bravery, through their courage. Thank you to all the kids, families and Beads of Courage for your love, strength and support that is passing throughout the world.”

 Thanks, Casey and India, for taking Carry a Bead all over the world. To keep up with Casey and India on all of their adventure be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram! This is all for this #TravelTuesday, check back tomorrow from more updates from my road trip!


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