Each bead stands for one single event that happens to our girls while they are in the hospital, whether they are inpatient, or just there for the day. A yellow bead means they stayed overnight, black beads are for getting poked, there is a bead for surgery, and a glow-in-the-dark bead for echos…

It is a beautiful, colorful record of everything they have been through, and they love to look at their beads, and talk about each one.

¬†Beads of Courage is an organization that works to provide these specially made glass beads to help children record, and tell their story of survival in a beautiful, tangible way. We love watching our girls’ pride in their beads, and we love that it gives them a way to take ownership and pride in their stories.


  1. Renate on February 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful brave girls!

  2. Melissa on February 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Oh, wow. What an amazing idea, but that's a lot of events. They are so beautiful and resilient!

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