We are growing every day, providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them.
Beads of Courage, Inc. is an approved public charity under I.R.S. Code Section 501(c)(3), based in Tucson, Arizona.
Beads of Courage is a member of the following organizations:
Jean Baruch, developed the first Beads of Courage, Inc. program while working on her PhD in Nursing at the University of Arizona, College of Nursing. Her inspiration came from her clinical practice, and from her experiences as a camp nurse at one of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camps. With the financial support of her family and friends, Jean developed and piloted the Beads of Courage Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital in February 2003. As part of the development, the following critical tasks were completed:
Following the completion of the above development activities, an ongoing evaluation of the pilot Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital was conducted to determine its impact on the children who participated in the Program and on the staff who implemented it. Preliminary evaluation findings were presented at three national peer-reviewed research meetings: a podium presentation at the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (APON) 28th Annual Conference and Exhibit, October 7-9, 2004, in Kansas City, MO; a poster presentation at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) 2nd Annual Conference, January 27-29, 2005, in Phoenix, AZ; and a poster presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), April 9-11, 2005, in San Francisco, CA.
Ongoing research on the Beads of Courage Program for children coping with serious illness is in progress at all Beads of Courage Cooperative Group sites. The following professional presentations on related Beads of Courage Program research have been made at the following annual conferences:
Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (APON)
Baruch, J.M., Hunte, R., Stoneberger, C., Love, J., Giesling, A. & Jerdonek, S. (2004). Development and implementation of a multidisciplinary supportive care intervention for children with cancer and their health care providers.
American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
Baruch, J.M., Harmon, P. & Stoneberger, C. (2005). Development and implementation of an interdisciplinary supportive care intervention for children with cancer and their health care providers.
Western Institute of Nursing (WIN)
Jean M. Baruch, RN, BSN, PhD(c) and Terry Badger, PhD, FAAN, University of Arizona, College of Nursing. (2005). Beads of Courage: A supportive care intervention for children with cancer and their health care providers.
A Letter from the Founder
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, and for having the courage to care. We are Beads of Courage, Inc. a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to helping children with serious illness record, tell and own their stories of survival.
Since March 2005, we have been working diligently to transform the treatment experience for children coping with chronic, life threatening illness through our arts-in-medicine programs.
In just 5 years since our inception, our organization has established our programs in over 60 children's hospitals in the United States, New Zealand and Japan. Our growth is evidence of the need for the type of support Beads of Courage provides for children coping with serious illness.
Please take a moment to visit each page of our website to: learn more about our arts-in-medicine programs; meet some our courageous children; give thanks to those who donate their time and talent; comment on our blog; discover ways you can get involved with our organization; and Shop our store for unique gifts with 100% of the proceeds raised used to support our mission.
Thank you for your interest, support and genuine concern for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the health care providers who care for them. We frequently update our site so please come back often!
Jean Baruch, RN, BSN