Serious and Chronic Illness Support

The Beads of Courage programme offers support and strength to families when they need it most. When a child is suffering from a serious illness, a child's Beads of Courage becomes a physical journal of their individual journey. We offer programmes for Oncology/Haematology, NICU, Chronic Illness, Cardiac and Burns which provide a record of treatment to give children a way to show their peers what they have been through. The beads of courage located in our gallery tell a child's story, as each bead has one to tell. 

Describing a Journey 

Upon enrollment into the programme, each child is given the Beads of Courage journal. Their BOC journey begins when they are given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colourful beads, each representing a different treatment are given to the child by their professional health care provider as determined by the BOC bead guide. During the course of their treatment, they are also given “Act of Courage” beads. Every bead represents a different treatment and are the same worldwide to ensure continuity of care. Beads of Courage is available to support children with a variety of illnesses, which include: 

• Blood Disorders 
• Cardiac Conditions

  (Neonatal Intensive Unit)

• Burn Injuries
• Other Chronic Illnesses 


Helping the Family 

Beads of courage help to decrease illness-related distress and increase positive coping strategies. The beads help children to find meaning in their illness and open up lines of communication so that they can tell their story to others.

Siblings Programme

Research shows that siblings often suffer from anxiety and worries during these difficult times, and our goal is to support and alleviate stress through meaningful support. The siblings programme from Beads of Courage is designed to help distressed siblings record, tell, and own their own story. We help them to create their own story of courage and journey alongside their brother or sister who is coping with serious illness. Each sibling that is participating in the programme receives beads to display their accomplishments during tough challenges.

Contact us to obtain more details about chronic illness support within our Beads of Courage programme.