Courage Tiger’s Road Trip Day 8: Leo Makes Courage Roar in San Diego!

Courage Tiger here on this beautiful Saturday morning! It’s in the 70s here, and while I soak up some rays on the beach, I want to tell you about an amazing Beads of Courage member I just met right here in San Diego!


Leo, also known as the “Little Hulk,” started his Beads of Courage collection in December, 2014 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma and OMS at only 19 months old. Since then, he has been through months of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, radiation, immunotherapy and so much more, and received Beads of Courage at Rady Children’s Hospital each step of the way. Leo has been cancer free for more than a year! Isn’t that great?! His mom, Danica, told me:

Beads of Courage gave our family the precious gift of being able to share our painful journey in the most beautiful of ways. When we show our beads, we share our story and those of our fellow fighters in this battle. These gorgeous glossy glass beads are a perfect representation of the intense weight of fighting pediatric cancer that rests on his shoulders, and abundance of strength it took our Little Hulk to love, endure, and overcome.” 

Thank you, Leo and Danica, for sharing your story. We are honored to help children and teens, like Leo, record, tell, and own their stories of courage. That’s it from me today! Come back tomorrow to hear more stories from California on my awesome road trip across the country!

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