Every Bead Tells a Story We empower children to tell their stories of courage through colorful beads that represent their treatment journey. Believe in Beads We make every day brighter for children coping with serious illness with beads that honor courage and strengthen resilience. Beads Make it Better We provide innovative arts-in medicine programs that improve the quality of life of children coping with serious illnesses.

Our Mission

To provide innovative Arts-in-Medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them.

Make An Impact With Your Donation

Aspire Higher

Aviana aspires to be a doctor when she grows up so she can help kids like herself. At Beads of Courage, we aspire to do great things, too – but we can’t do it alone.
Together, let’s Aspire Higher!


Be a Wingman

Be a Wingman for a child on the waiting list for our Beads in the Mail program. Currently more than 600 kids coping with serious illness need YOU to be their wingman and help them get their Beads of Courage!


Courage Keepers

Make a long-lasting impact when you join the Courage Keepers, our sustaining monthly donor program. Help children and teens stay strong and encouraged in their fight for life.
You are their hero!


Friends of Beads of Courage

Not sure which campaign to support? Be a friend to Beads of Courage with your financial gift today. We will direct your funds where they are needed the most to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.


Team Beads of Courage

Support Team Beads of Courage and the volunteer athletes who walk, run, or bike ride on behalf of BOC. Currently we are focusing on the 2021 El Tour de Tucson bike race. Be part of our #beadstrong community!


World Beads of Courage Day

It’s time to speak up for courage! Join our global celebration of courage now through September 30 as a donor or fundraiser. Click on the link to read about the gifts we are offering in gratitude for your support of our mission!


On any given day, Beads of Courage helps
60,000 children and teens in 9 countries record, tell and own their story of courage

From humble beginnings as a small Arizona nonprofit in 2005, Beads of Courage has created an international network of over 400 member hospitals with one goal: to advance the science of caring for children, teens and families coping with serious illness through arts-in-medicine programs. Every time a bead is given, courage is honored, suffering is alleviated, resilience is strengthend, and the experience of human caring is affirmed.

We make healing happen through the use of beads as a historical art form.

Every Beads of Courage Program integrates the use of beads, the earliest art form known to humans, as visible, tangible symbols of human experiences that need and deserve to be expressed.

Beads given annually
Children supported daily
Member hospitals worldwide
Arts-in-medicine programs

Upcoming Events

World Beads of Courage Day

World Beads of Courage Day

Top Golf Tournament

Top Golf Tournament

Designing With The Stars

Designing With The Stars

El Tour de Tucson

El Tour de Tucson

**Note this form is NOT for people who wish to receive Beads of Courage for the 1st time. Information on the Beads in the Mail program.