Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 48: Broc and Mark Make Courage Roar!

I am here in Indiana today! There are no Beads of Courage member hospitals in this state, but we support many children and teens coping with serious illness here. Through Beads in the Mail, we send beads right to their doorstep. I had lots of fun meeting Beads of Courage member Broc and his brother Mark today!

Broc has been receiving beads since he was six years old. Broc told me that his beads remind him of all the many things that he has done, and how strong he still is! He even told me that his favorite beads are “the bumpy ones because I have to be brave for them.”
Broc and Mark

Broc and his brother Mark are super close. Mark is part of the Sibling Program, another Beads of Courage program. The Sibling Program has 25 beads that symbolize the sibling’s journey alongside that of their brother or sister in treatment. Broc collects his beads during his medical journey through our Chronic and Cardiac programs, and Mark can receive his beads through the Sibling Program!

Broc posing with his Beads of Courage!

It was so cool hanging out with Broc and Mark today! We are honored to help them both tell their stories of courage. The Sibling Program is a great way for the brothers and sisters of our members to share their experiences. Support Beads of Courage and our programs by funding the missionduring the 9th Annual Bead Challenge!



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