GBS members participate in Beads of Courage®. This worthwhile group is a nonprofit organization that is designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. The children receive beads to commemorate milestones they have achieved during treatment. The children use the beads to tell the story of their treatment. The program helps the children develop positive coping strategies when dealing with their illness. The Beads of Courage® website explains the actual process:
Upon enrollment each child is given the Beads of Courage bead color guide with a detachable membership card. Their Beads of Courage journey begins when each child is first given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone are given to the child by their professional health care provider to add to their Beads of Courage collection throughout their treatment as determined by the Beads of Courage Bead Guide (available from Beads of Courage, Inc.)
GBS holds beadathons where the members get together at Wired Up Beads to create beads for the program. Members also create beads in their studios for the children.
To find out more about the Beads of Courage®, go to their web-site.