As you can imagine behind every success story like Olivia, there is a kid. A real kid who never asked to be born with CHD. So many kids like her have no choice but to go through what is necessary to feel better, to be able to play, and sometimes just to live. Watching them go through painful procedures and to try to hold back the tears of having just one more poke or needle prick is hard. They fight a battle that most of us will never see or ever have to endure. This is what the Beads of Courage program is here for. So that in some way, big or small, these kids can be recognized for the sheer bravery that comes with just being themselves. They receive a handmade bead for many of the procedures they have to endure- pokes, echoes, surgeries, admission in to the hospital, and so many other things. When heart patients complete treatment, they have this beautiful strand of beads that they can point to and without saying a word, it shows how brave they are. Every bead required Strength, Patience and Courage. That's what the Beads of Courage are all about.
As a mom who has experienced this program first hand, I can tell you that it has allowed my daughter to share with so many others about her journey. It has reminded her that she has Courage, Patience and enormous amount of Strength.
You can be a part of this wonderful program too, click here to make a donation today! Please join us on March 26th for our 2nd Annual Bowling for Beads Event!