Raising $300 for SickKids is a big deal for us, but we know that it is a modest contribution to the larger scope. Understanding this has led us to discuss what program our donation would impact positively and significantly.
The SickKids Foundation has a Bravery Bead Fund. As soon as we heard this, we knew where the donations would be best directed.
The Bravery Bead Program allows children who wish to participate, the chance to collect a different bead for each procedure or event while visiting the hospital for treatment. The goal of the program is to make a necklace with colourful beads that represent the unique and special journey of a particular child and to make something that they are proud of and want to share with family and friends. Beads are not given as a reward or something to be earned but rather to represent each child’s individual story through treatment.
WOW beads are special beads given after a particularly difficult procedure or on a particularly difficult day or perhaps just a first time for accomplishing something as simple as getting out of bed. Each child selects his/her own WOW bead from the drawer.
During our stay at SickKids Hospital our daughter collected quite a few beads. At times it was the reason she would see a test or procedure through. When you walk the halls at the hospital, kids wear their beads, albeit on IV poles or wheelchairs, with a great deal of pride.
Each bead has a story and no strings of beads look the same.
We hope that you approve of the decision to donate the funds to the Bravery Bead Program. For more information, click here.