Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 49: A Journey through Indiana!

While roaming Indiana, I met Journey Belle and her mother, Megan! Journey Belle is part of the Beads in the Mail Program here in Indiana. Journey Belle received treatment in a NICU department that didn’t carry Beads of Courage, so her mother contacted Beads of Courage after Journey’s stay in the NICU.

Journey Belle’s Beads of Courage
Journey Belle received beads for all of her hospital stays, treatments, and surgeries. When I saw her beads, there were all sorts of colors, but the ones that stuck out to me were the light green ones, next to all the yellow beads. When I asked Megan what those beads meant, she told me that light green beads represented all sorts of scans and tests. Megan then told me that her beads “show what all Journey has been through and everything she has overcome.” Journey Belle is now 2 years old, and doesn’t have a favorite bead yet, but when I asked Megan which one she likes, she said
“I do not have a favorite. Each bead shows us what Journey has been through and overcome. These beads will be something tangible that she can hold one day and say ‘wow I went through ALL of this.’ She will have scars, physical and emotional, due to her illnesses and having something tangible to show how strong she is.”

Journey Belle and her Beads of Courage
Journey Belle is definitely a member that Makes Courage Roar! We need supporters like you to help Beads of Courage and our programs by funding the mission, that way members like Journey Belle can receive their beads!

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