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Beads of Courage -- Discussion for all things Beads of Courage; the only not-for-profit, arts-in-medicine program putting to use the talents of glass beadmakers to uplift children dealing with life threatening illnesses, their families and the people who care for them. Families, clinicians and artists alike are welcome to join in! (Thank you to Lampwork Etc. for supporting Beads of Courage and helping to foster communication!) PHOTOS OF INDIVIDUALS OR CHILDREN ONLY ALLOWED WITH THEIR SPECIFIC CONSENT.

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Old 2011-09-21, 7:08am
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Default Act of Courage Beads Needed

I heard yesterday that we're running pretty low on Act of Courage beads for the kids. As the programs have become very popular here in the US we've seen an increased need for beads. If you've got a stash of beads that you don't know what to do with, send 'em on over to us - we can put them to very good use. I'll be de-stashing again myself this weekend. The mailing address is:

10501 E. Seven Generations Way
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If you go the the Bead Artists page on our web site:


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and look about half way down the page there is a downloadable form that you can include in with your beads that will help us get a receipt and an Thank You back out to you in a timely fashion.

Thanks very much for all you do!

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Old 2011-09-21, 7:52am
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I've only got about 35, but I'll make more this weekend & get them out Mon or Tues.
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Old 2011-09-21, 9:43am
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Ah Richard, I just sent in a bunch, didn't know about the form, I'm sorry. I don't need a receipt anyway. I'll be sure to use it the next time.

I'll do my best to get some more beads done next week, I want to try some of the ones Diane has been putting up in Soda Lime Times and I'll make some more fishies.
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Just sent a part of my stash and got my thank you letter already. I
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Everyone there is so awesome, there's so much work involved! It makes me happy to think about all those kids playing with beads.
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Old 2011-09-21, 10:55am
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I'll get some mailed today, tomorrow at the latest.
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Old 2011-09-21, 12:33pm
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As much as the kids love the beads the positive effect on the parents is truly amazing. The whole family benefits. I've been a volunteer for over 6 years now and am still excited about BoC.
Thank you for donating your gas, glass, time and the heart that you all put into your work.

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Old 2011-09-21, 2:28pm
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I can't tell you the satisfaction I feel when I send off a batch of beads! Being a cancer survivor myself this is a cause that's very close to my heart.
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I understand this. I used to work in Oncology (adults) so it has special meaning for me too. I made this big clear bead with transparent glass frit in rainbow colors. I held it up to the light and the colors reflected off the wall when the sun shone through it and I thought, "Somewhere a child is going to do this" and it made me so happy.
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On Saturday, our local W MI group is renting the local glass society and making beads for BOC all day. I will be posting pics of the event, and I'll make a thread for here to show all the goodies!
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Old 2011-09-23, 4:52pm
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Been saving up for a donation, only have about 100, but if you need them now, will send tomorrow.
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Been saving up for a donation, only have about 100, but if you need them now, will send tomorrow.
That's a pretty good sized donation. We never, ever have too many Act of Courage beads on hand and 100 beads will make a lot of kids happy.
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Old 2011-09-25, 10:20am
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Robert, I have a question.

I have a few beads with glow in the dark decoration, one of them doesn't really glow that well, the other one is more promising from what I can tell (I bought some shorts to use, and the dark blue one doesn't glow as well as the lighter colors I guess). Anyway, should I mark the one that seems to glow best as "glows" or anything?
Is it a problem for the other 2 that they have some supposedly glowing glass in them?

If I get out there tomorrow there will be a few more, but if not, these will be on the way by Tuesday, I hope they make some children smile. And if they want to toss out that flesh tone with blue worms, fine by me, LOL, but maybe they can use it for something.


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Robert, I just packed up my latest batch of frit challenge beads... 485 beads are on their way!!!!
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Remember, these are beads submitted for the frit challenge that I host. Lots of players!!! Now it's time to start filling a new box!!!!!
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I put about 130 beads in the mail last week (lost count, so the number is give or take ...)

Already started a new bowl with the ones I meant to send but forgot ...
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OK, beads went out Saturday....total of 174 after wife donated a lot of her pairs she didn't want to take time to match up with others. Will start making more next week for sometime in future.
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Thanks everyone for all of the great donations!

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My 43 went Priority today. I didn't do tracking or anything, but for the future ~ is there any need? I figure if they don't get there, there isn't anything to be done about it anyway.
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I don't generally pay for tracking when I send out batches unless there is something very special/unusual on board.

Thanks for the beads!

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Hi Everyone.

Just a tidbit here:

When hospitals "re-order" (Act of Courage beads are no charge) they get Act of Courage beads in packages of 30, I think. They can order multiple packages and different size programs order different numbers. Of course, there is a limit per order since there needs to be enough for everyone.

So, for every 30 beads you send, you are fulfilling one package of an order. So, 100 beads beads does a lot to fulfill their refills!
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Just read this Lori, after I packed mine up. I'm sending 25 which is all I have on hand right now and a couple of wooden animal beads I found when I was scrounging for any acceptable extras I had rolling around. I made Halloween beads on Sunday but I'm kinda slow at character beads so I was only able to make 14. DH says my ghosties look like albino octopii, lol, but hopefully they'll find some love somewhere.

I'll get a new bunch started this weekend!
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I'm doing a market this weekend, so any I don't sell I'm more than happy to donate. I have a bucket of them....

Though, they are all fugly orphan beads that only a mother could love. Just saying'...

But if you can find a use for them, they're yours.
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We can use them, fuglies are often very popular.

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