Beads of Courage

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  • Beads of Courage has a wonderful program that most, if not all lampworkers become familiar with along the path of their artistic endeavors. "The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen the protective resources in children coping with serious illness."
  • My God! You have no idea! These children put me to shame whenever I see them.
  • I helped treat children at the hospital that I used to work at - they are so incredibly resilient, so strong, so brave... so fragile. I've often wished that there were a law against children getting seriously ill, but since there isn't we do what we can to ease them through it. 
     
  • Beads help. They really do. (We didn't have the Beads of Courage program at my hospital yet, although I kept talking to the pediatric doctors and I think they got sick of it because they finally went to the Child-Life staff to talk to them.) One of the nearby hospitals has the program and I'd periodically stop by & talk to the kiddos. 
  • Do you have any idea how amazing it is to hear a small, fragile child waiting for a miracle say "But I can't give up! Sue has three more purple hearts than I do, and I don't have my next green bead yet!"
     
  • I went home and made purple hearts and green beads.
  • Having given a little background on why these children and this Program touch me so, let me get to the heart of the glass...
  • I have frits that need testing.
  • I need frit bead pictures.
  • Beads of Courage needs beads.
  • Children need beads.
     
  • If you are a glassworker you probably have frits that you'd like to try before you commit to buying a larger amount.
     
  • So... Here we go!!!
  • For more information on the Frit Challenge, please click on "Frit Challenge."