Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 47: The Annmmarie Stanesa Scholarship

I’m here from Michigan today, and I want to share with you the story of Annmarie Stanesa. Annmarie was a vibrant woman who cared deeply for the mission of Beads of Courage. She hosted many bead-making days with Michigan artists to help us get the glass handmade beads we need to help children coping with serious illness record, tell and own their stories of courage. The beautiful beads she donated with her fellow glass beadmakers were used often used as Act of Courage beads. Our members receive this bead on tough treatment days, and her artistry brightened the treatment journey of countless Beads of Courage members. 

She lost her battle against colon cancer, and it was her wish to give back to Beads of Courage. To honor her wishes, funds were directed to Beads of Courage in her memory and raised with the sale of all items in her bead-making studio.

“Annmarie Stanesa was a very talented artist. She loved to teach whether it was teaching origami to the Boy Scouts, jewelry classes or beadmaking. She had a passion to learn and to share her talent with others. I’ve never met a more caring person than Annmarie.” – Dawn Ceccaci, friend and fellow beadmaker

It is very humbling for Beads of Courage to establish the Annmarie Stanesa Bead Scholar Program to bring more caring, vibrant people to serving the mission of Beads of Courage through the free classes on the art of beadmaking. Thank you Annmarie for being an inspiration to many and for making courage roar! Help Beads of Courage support programs like this one by donating today to Bead Challenge! That’s it from me today, I’m excited to talk more tomorrow!


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