A Unique Program for
Children Coping with Serious Illness
Contact Robert Simmons who is the Southern
Flames Liaison to the BOC Program:
for additional information.
Southern Flames has embraced and
supported the Beads of Courage program, based in Tucson, AZ. This program gives
provides emotional support for children undergoing treatment for cancer.
Treatment programs can be very difficult and painful for these kids. Beads of
Courage® provides colored beads to these children as the wind their way through
the treatment process. Each child selects a new bead when they have undergone a
procedure. The beads are reminders to be brave, and give the children stories to
tell about what they have been through. The effectiveness program can be
appreciated though Stories of Courage:
We have a box decorated with the Beads of
Courage® logo on the lid available in the Southern Flames resource cabinet in
Beads by Design where you can drop off beads at any time. Or bring them to the meetings. Your name will be entered into a quarterly drawing when the beads are gathered to be sent to Beads of Courage®. Southern Flames
has hosted bead making parties for this cause. Beads of Courage® and Frantz
Art Glass have donated glass rods in a variety of colors to Southern Flames so
that members can make beads for the kids. This glass is also located in the
Resource Cabinet, and we encourage our members to contribute as many beads as
Click here to see some of the beads that Southern Flames members have made
for the program.
ABOUT BOC: The full story of Beads of Courage® can be
found on their website at:
DONATION: A brief overview of how to
donate beads can be found at:
GLASS BEADS: Specifics about what types
of Glass beads are needed can be found at:
CELEBRATION OF COURAGE
Beads of Courage is sponsoring an 2 events at Children's Healthcare of
Atlanta (CHCA) on Thurs and Friday Oct 14 & 15. Children will come to pick
up the special request beads that SF has been making for them:
here for more details)
October 14th, 2010 3pm–5pm
Road NE Atlanta, GA 30322
off the main lobby,
15th, 2010 3pm–5pm
Scottish Rite Hospital
Ferry Road NE Atlanta, GA 30342
BOC in ALABAMA
Click here to read this story
from the Huntsville Times about 6 year old Victoria Cumbrow and the BOC
necklace that circles her neck x3
BOC IN SPACE
How would you
like one of your beady creations to take a ride on the Space Shuttle? We’re
not kidding! As part of TEAM Beads of Courage we send handmade beads on
special journeys and when they return they’re presented to Beads of Courage
kids. NASA is joining TEAM Beads of Courage and will be taking some TEAM
Beads of Courage for a ride into outer space with astronauts on the next
Click here for details!
- NOV/DEC 09
Robert Simmons reports that 169 beads were made for the BOC
kids at the November Bead-a-Thon held at Beads by Design.
Click here to see a photo. In addition, Southern Flames members
made about 169 Christmas beads for the staff who takes care of these
WEARABLE BUTTERFLY DEMO and TUTORIAL
At the Southern Flames May Meeting
Robert Simmons demo a Butterfly bead which can be worn by a parent who
had a child in the Beads of Courage Program. Some photos from the demo
are available and Robert also wrote a
Tutorial so other beadmakers could make similar beads.
Robert Simmons uses an MK
Diamond Product saw and blades for murrini cutting and sent the company
photos of the work he does for BOC using their products. They liked
the photos so much they put them up on the Website with a link to SF and
BOC. To see Robert's photos,
- 3/9/09 JEAN
BARUCH VISITS Southern Flames was honored to have Jean Baruch,
founder of Beads of Courage, attend our March Board Meeting. She
was in Atlanta to meet with Robert Simmons who will assume the role
of National Director of Bead Donations for BOC and to visit the
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta program to which many of us have
contributed beads. It was amazing to meet her and to hear her speak
about the program at our Board meeting. Robert, who spent the whole
day with Jean has written a summary of day.
here to read it.
TUCSON WEEKLY This interview with Jean Baruch Executive
Director of BOC, appeared in the Tucson Weekly. It provides a really good
overview of the BOC program.
Click here to read it.
LETTER FROM JEAN BARUCH Executive Director and Founder of BOC
Dear Southern Flames,
Thank you so much for hosting a
Beadathon Day making beads for the children who participate
in Beads of Courage!
The photos on your scrapbook from the
day are Wonderful! It was fun for me to see some familiar faces at the
torch! What a great day for the kids.
This is truly strengthening the Beads
of Courage arts-in-medicine program in more ways than one…..the kids get
to see firsthand how the art is made, they get to meet you the bead
artist, and the enhanced human connectedness is more healing than you
can imagine. It is the very nature of Caring. Thank you for continuing
to have the Courage to Care for children coping with cancer and other
Baruch, RN, BSN
Director and Founder Beads of Courage, Inc. (a 501(c)3 tax-exempt
organization) "Providing arts-in-medicine, supportive care
programs for children coping with serious illness"
Carl Edwards is a NASCAR driver and
he is winning races wearing the beads of Dalton Kammer, one of the
kids in the Atlanta Beads of Courage program.
Click here to read
more and see the photos.
- 9/3/08 End
of Treatment Bead Tutorials
Beads of Courage -
Atlanta has approved four of Robert Simmons designs for Beads of Courage
beads. He has written up tutorials so we can all help to make them. The
beads are given to children who complete rounds of therapy, or who have a
difficult time and many will be
needed. Click below
to view and print copies of the tutorial. The tutorials are also
available in our Tips and Techniques Section.
- 6/9/08 BOC
Programs in Atlanta
The BoC program at the Emory campus location for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta is up and running as of
June 9, 2008. It has been very well received and is a
great success. The program at Scottish Rite will begin to give beads to the kids on October 6.
- 7/24/08 Two BOC
Programs in Atlanta
Robert Simmons reports that
program at the Emory campus location for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta
is up and running as of June 9, 2008. It has been very well received and is
a great success. The program at Scottish Rite will begin to give beads to
the kids on October 6.
- 11/15/07 Reply from Jean Baruch -
Beads of Courage
Dear Diane and the Southern Flames,
This is such wonderful news!! I cannot thank you enough for the
generosity that the Southern Flames continues to provide Beads of
Courage both in bead donations and monetary support. We depend upon
both sources of support to provide the Beads of Courage Program as a
psychosocial supportive care program for children coping with cancer.
The funds provided will help to pay for the related program materials
that are needed to provide the Beads of Courage Program as a bedside,
clinical intervention. Given the size of the Children's Healthcare of
Atlanta, we anticipate their yearly bead needs costing roughly
$1,500-2,000 a year after start-up.
I look forward to sharing this great news with the nurse managers who
are working with us to establish the Beads of Courage Program at CHOA.
I will keep you all posted on the date we will schedule the BOC
Ambassador Training. I hope many Southern Flame artists can attend. I
look forward to meeting you all as I will be making the trip to conduct the
Great news! Thank you again,
Jean Baruch, RN, BSN
Beads of Courage, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization)
- 11/15/07 Letter from Diane
Kovach (co-president SF) to Jean Baruch at Beads of Courage
I am Diane Kovach, one of the current
co-presidents of the Southern Flames Glass Bead Makers chapter of ISGB
in Atlanta, GA You have been in contact with Robert Simmons, our chapter
Last night at our meeting he
presented the Beads of Courage to our group and showed the DVD. We the SF
Board wanted to let you know that the membership joins the Board in looking
forward to the BOC program coming to Atlanta. We have voted to donate $1500
to the program start-up in Atlanta . Please let me know what is the best way
for us to do this.
Thanks and I look forward to speaking
with you very soon.
- BEADS of COURAGE in ATLANTA The latest news is that Children's
Health Care of Atlanta is planning to start a Beads of Courage group in the
near future. We’ll keep you posted on local developments and let you know
how the bead makers in Atlanta can help.
- CHILDREN of COURAGE
Robert Simmons received a copy this
wonderful email from Kelly Lind who sent it to Jean Baruch of the Beads
of Courage Program. I t will give you an idea of how much these beads
mean to the children and their families.
Amy and I both recently experienced just how much the Beads of Courage
program means to our kids and we thought we would share it with you! We
recently had a patient pass away after a long fight with her illness. While
she was with us she was always very excited about her beads and made sure to
get them every chance she could get. Amy and I recently attended her
funeral service. The patient had been cremated and her grandmother had her
ashes put into one of her teddy bears. The teddy bear was sitting in the
front of the church wearing on of the patients nightgowns. When Amy and I
went to the front to talk to the family following the service we noticed
that the teddy bear was wearing the little girls Beads of Courage necklace.
We mentioned it to the little girl's grandmother who ho told us that she
had wanted the little girl to have everything she loved with her. Needless
to say Amy and I both started crying! It is so nice to know that the Beads
of Courage program means so much to the children and families we all serve!
So Amy and I both wanted to send you a BIG thank you for coming up with such
a wonderful and meaningful program that you have allowed us to share with
our families. They really do appreciate it and the program really does mean
the world to these kids! Keep up the great work!
Kelley Lind, BS, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
If you would like to read more
Courage click here.
Contact Robert Simmons who is the Southern
Flames Liaison to the BOC Program: firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.