Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 5: Child Life Specialists Make Courage Roar!

Courage Tiger here and I just arrived in Phoenix, Arizona! I went to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and had the wonderful opportunity to talk to Jessica, one of their amazing Child Life Specialists. Jessica primarily supports infants, and shared with me how Beads of Courage acts as a therapeutic outlet for parents to record every step their child makes. Jessica currently cares for a patient who is 7 years old, and her mom has been collecting her beads since she was only a few weeks old. Both the mother and the child love looking over her Beads of Courage to see her strength. I asked Jessica how she thought Beads of Courage was helpful as a child life specialist and she said,

“This is a great opportunity for me to assess the child’s understanding and identify what areas they might struggle with. I can provide education and help them identify coping techniques, all within the conversation regarding their bead collection. It’s a great therapeutic outlet for the patients and intervention for me to utilize.”

Huge thanks to Jessica and all of the Child Life Specialists who help care for all of the children and teens coping with serious illness! It was so fun talking to Jessica. Thanks, Jessica, for sharing your story with me. We love our members and are honored to help them record, tell, and own their stories of courage. Check back tomorrow for more updates from Arizona!

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