Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 7: Surfin’ Through Santa Barbara

Hey everybody! It’s me, Courage Tiger, and I made it to California safe and sound. Did you know that there are 15 Beads of Courage member hospitals in this state? We have programs at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, City of Hope National Medical Center, Community Regional Leon S. Peters Burn Center, Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Downey, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento -Roseville, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Sutter Medical Center, Univ. of California Davis Children’s Hospital, Ventura Medical Center, and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Phew, I’m out of breath from that long list!

I have a great story of a supporter who always Makes Courage Roar here in California! While in Santa Barbara, I met with a Hall of Fame bead maker, Katie Staurt. She has been working with glass for over 25 years! She first discovered Beads of Courage when her niece passed away from childhood cancer, and soon became one of the first bead donors to the program. While she was teaching bead making in her studio, she and her students would donate most of their beads to Beads of Courage! When asked why she donates beads she simply said, “I love the idea that I am helping kids get well, and be able to tell their own stories through my beads!” Thanks Katie for helping make healing happen. That’s it from me. Come back tomorrow to hear more awesome stories from California!

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