Beads of Courage ‘Beads in Space’ National Exhibit Takes Place at Diamond Children’s

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s will host the Beads of Courage Beads in Space exhibit in the lobby of Diamond Children’s.
 
Tucson is the first stop for the Beads in Space Tour for hospitals in the Southwest and Diamond Children’s will celebrate the exhibit’s arrival with a private reception from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14.
 
The Beads in Space exhibit at Diamond Children’s is the final leg of a 20-hospital national tour in honor of the children participating in the Beads of Courage Program®. On this tour stop, children are invited to make their own Space Explorer Necklace and receive a commemorative Beads in Space shuttle bead and poster to add to their Beads of Courage collection.
 
“The Beads in Space Exhibit reminds children coping with serious illness that their imagination can take them anywhere, and that they have support everywhere,” said Jean Baruch, Beads of Courage executive director and founder. “It provides a way to honor and acknowledge the incredible courage that children facing serious illness demonstrate every day. The Beads in Space Tour includes an original art exhibit that transforms the clinical setting, and we hope sparks the imagination of children coping with serious illness by engaging their creativity while encouraging them during their treatment journey,” Baruch said.
 
“The Beads of Courage program has provided us with a wonderful resource to help support our families’ journey while at the hospital,” said Diamond Children’s child life specialist Sarena Rogers, ME, CCLS. “The beads are a great symbol of strength and bravery that each patient must display while in the hospital. We are grateful for the support and love that Beads of Courage has given throughout the past year.”
 
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PLEASE NOTED: Because the Sept. 14 event at Diamond Children’s is for patients and their families, the public is encouraged instead to attend Bead Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 15, hosted by Sonoran Glass School (633 W. 18th St.), where the Beads in Space Exhibit will be on display for public viewing before it leaves to visit nine other children's hospitals throughout the Southwest during September. 
 
 
About Beads in Space
In 2010 and 2011, NASA honored members of Beads of Courage® (BOC) by carrying handmade glass beads made by members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) on the space shuttle Endeavor STS-132 and Atlantis STS-134 missions. The special beads travelled more than 4.8 million miles into space at more than 17,500 mph. Retired Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, led one of the Beads in Space missions as commander of STS-134. To learn more, please visit: http://beadsinspace.com/
 
About Beads of Courage
Beads of Courage is an international arts-in-medicine program founded and headquartered in Tucson. Each bead on the program represents a treatment, a test or an accomplishment for a child coping with serious illness. This form of narrative medicine allows young patients to RECORD, TELL, and OWN their stories of COURAGE. To learn more, please visit: http://beadsofcourage.org/