Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
TUCSON, Ariz. – On Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Beads of Courage” will hold a launch party in the lobby of The University of Arizona Medical Center - Diamond Children's.
Children who participate in the Beads of Courage Program receive colorful beads, each representing a milestone in their treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, as a way to tell their story using beads as meaningful symbols of courage in their unique treatment path. Each bead represents something painful or difficult, but also signifies another important step in the treatment journey.
Diamond Children’s is the 115th hospital to join The Beads of Courage program, which was founded by University of Arizona College of Nursing graduate and 2011 Alumnus of the Year, Jean Baruch. “It’s wonderful to know that the Beads of Courage Program at Diamond Children’s will be there to offer support and acknowledgement to the incredibly courageous children facing serious illness every day,” says Baruch, who serves as executive director for Beads of Courage.
Kiwanis Clubs in the Southwest District of Kiwanis International (Tucson-Sunshine Kiwanis Club) are sponsoring The Diamond Children’s Beads of Courage program and launch party, in which all children receiving treatment for chronic illnesses at Diamond Children’s will be enrolled in the Beads of Courage program.
Current Beads of Courage members, children and teens will be available for interviews to share their beads of courage collection and stories of their courageous treatment journeys, along with Beads of Courage founder, Baruch.
“I am very excited for our patients, parents and staff to be able to launch the full Beads of Courage program, and am grateful to Jean for this opportunity, and the training she has provided,” says Lori Throne, RN, BC, MSN, director of Women's and Children's Services at Diamond Children's. “The staff is very excited to offer this program and be part of acknowledging the child's treatment challenges and bravery.