Sibling Program

Helping Siblings RECORD, TELL, and OWN their story of courage


The Beads of Courage® Sibling Program is designed to provide recognition and support of a sibling’s emotional journey when the serious illness of a brother or sister impacts their lives. The program focuses on themes which help siblings cope as well as talking points to encourage communication and healing opportunities.

Order a Sibling Kit Online – $30!
Member hospitals, please contact Krista Burgbacher to order hospital sibling program kits.


We hope that the Beads of Courage® Sibling Program will promote opportunities for communication with medical staff or their family as well as that the program will provides a source of encouragement to the sibling during a very challenging time.

Included in the Beads of Courage® Sibling Kit:

  • Sibling Program Guide book
  • Welcome Kit including a teal bead, latex-free lanyard, and a Beads of Courage® logo bead
  • 8 Bead Kits (3 beads and 3 collector cards in each kit)
  • Letter beads of the sibling’s name
  • Sibling Program Facilitator Guide for parents and clinicians

The Sibling Program can be used anywhere including at the hospital, during a support groups, at family events, and at home. It can be used during any time of significant change as a way to connect with and support a sibling. Every bead in the Sibling Program becomes a symbol of encouragement.

NOTE: Hospital staff who are a part of a Beads of Courage Member Hospital, please order Sibling Kits through member hospital refills. 

Applications for hospitals to receive Scarcelli sponsored kits are now closed.

The Scarcelli Family Foundation

The Scarcelli Family Foundation was created in honor of Rachel Scarcelli who was born with a chronic cardiac condition. During her medical encounters, her parents did their best to support her siblings, James and Nicholas, pouring energy into helping Rachel heal as well as setting aside precious moments to remind her siblings of their importance to their family.

The foundation recognizes the value of the Beads of Courage® Sibling Program, acknowledging the bravery and courage of brothers and sisters which is an important component of healing.

The Scarcelli Family Foundation is proud to sponsor the Beads of Courage Sibling Program. It is our hope that by using this program, siblings can find moments of healing and feelings of love.