Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 6: Everything Has A Beginning

Courage Tiger here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and I just learned that this is the place that Beads of Courage actually started in 2003. Jean Gribbon, the founder of Beads of Courage, piloted the program to transform the treatment experience for children coping with chronic, life-threatening illnesses through our arts-in-medicine programs. Over the years, Beads of Courage has help thousands of children and teens in over 240 hospitals cope with serious illnesses around the world. How cool is that?  It all started here in Phoenix! Check out the video I found from 2010 when Jean was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.

This wraps up my journey in Arizona! I wish I could stay longer and talk to more people, but I head over to California tomorrow! I cannot wait for all the people I will get a chance to meet while there.

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