Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Beads of Courage

I went to MD Anderson recently for the Beads of Courage staff training. It was an amazing experience to be there first hand to see the excitement of the nursing staff in implementing this program. My friend Diane Woodall was there with me and we couldn't stop talking about it on the way home. We toured the Pediatric Lymphoma ward which I was a little nervous about because I am such a wimp when it comes to anything medical related. The children in this hospital face more than I can imagine. The staff is wonderful and I will never know how they manage to get through a day. Our ISGB chapter has made Beads of Courage a top priority and it is one small way we can give back. We had a challenge for the month of February to make Purple Hearts which the child receives upon completion of their treatment. I brought home 155 hearts from our group to ship to BOC! I am so proud of our members for embracing this with such enthusiasm and I hope that we can continue to donate on a monthly basis. It is hard to imagine that they need this many beads but they are unfortunately in constant need of beads to give to children with cancer. I will take a group photo before I ship them off and post it here so you can see what that many hearts look like.

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