Maddi’s adorable “Bead of Encouragement” now brings smiles!
“Beads of Courage” is a nationwide program providing emotional support as patients collect colored beads that represent milestones, procedures, and acts of bravery. They receive a unique bead for certain events or procedures like an overnight hospital stay, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. It’s not uncommon for children to amass 10, 20 — even 35 — feet of beads. According to the hospital staff, the program helps young patients track and celebrate their progress, and it also gives them a way to get through their procedures. A child facing another needle can look at his beads and realize that they made it through before so they can do it again.
Savannah, the adorable 22 month-old featured on our Home page has earned so many beads by completing procedures that her mother has to string them on several strands so she can lift them to play. She loves the colorful beads and smiles as she shares them with us!
The launch of the Maddi “Bead of Encouragement” significantly expanded the existing Inpatient Oncology and Hematology Department patient support program to include patients treated through the Outpatient Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Upon launch, the program included an additional 265 patients. Today, patient enrollment has grown to a whopping 400!
Lovely Alyssa, another young cancer patient proudly displays her bead string and newly added Maddi “Bead of Encouragement”, sharing
“It’s so nice that there are people out there thinking about kids with cancer.”