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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 2011-12-16, 5:42pm
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I just got a convo from a lovely 16 year old who is a member of the Beads of Courage from a distance program. I'm not sure what the program is but regardless, this young lady was kind enough to let me know that she loves my beads and so do the kids that receive them. I don't know how she knows that I have donated many beads, maybe it's just a shot in the dark. I always worry since the beads I send are more florals and landscapes and not the cute ones. Now I know for sure that they are loved and that makes me feel so good about participating in the program. I haven't sent anything in awhile but she has motivated me to get off my butt and send more in.
Thank you Hannah!
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Old 2011-12-16, 6:02pm
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How wonderful!

Do you have a BOC hospital near you that you could visit? I work for one and have been able to meet some of the kids and their parents. It's amazing!
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I know sometimes it seems like we are sending our beads into this deep abyss, but there are real, live, loving caring people who receive them at headquarters...and they know who we are...and wonderful kids waiting at the other end. There is nothing impersonal about BOC, and how wonderful to hear from one of the kids who has benefited directly from your donation. What an honor!
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How nice of a sweet person to write and let you know how much your beads mean to them~! I am so grateful for the BOC program and all the wonderful things it allows us to do for the children.
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I got that same convo. She even sent a photo of her beads. She was looking for purple hearts and came across my blog. Wow! She was a busy young lady!
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Old 2011-12-16, 8:26pm
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One interesting thing Hannah said was that when it comes to children's hospitals, it's all about the little ones. She said that teens can be overlooked. I don't think she meant the care, but she was talking about beads. I had asked her what teens might like, and she did give me some good ideas. She said that some of the beads gave her real peace.
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So what ideas did she give you Mallory? Maybe there is something I can work with.
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Never mind, I was thinking I was reading in the other room, and this might get flushed!
Anyway, I'd love to hear some ideas. I did make one today with my first attempt at putting some vines & a few tiny flowers, but I'm sure there are other ideas & would love to hear them.

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Here's what Hannah said in her convo. I don't think she'll mind me quoting her. Hi!

the beads with the most detail are my favorite. I have one with ity bitty peguns in it, I also have a bead with a small heart in it. I also like to feel calm when i hold them, i have a purple bead with swirls, it makes me calm and happy. Im sure teens would love skulls, but it seems like those are given to the little ones. I love flowers! i have 3 on my strand!
But my favorite are animal beads. I have only gotten the penguin one, but I really hope someday ill get a cat bead ( i have a roll poly fat cat that keeps me company at home when I'm sick-(arnie) i love him soooo much!)
also retro is back- 8o's 70's neon colors

i think if you put a note on the slip you turn in when you donate beads you could say you would like them to go to teens

hannah

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thanks for being supportive of teens. we are often over looked at children's hospitals things are just ALWAYs aimed at younger kids- there is no in-between
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It's great that you heard from the recipient of your bead - it does really bring it home when you can connect your donation with a real child. We try to be sure that all of our kids get the attention that they deserve but there are always variations in the over all 'culture' at different hospitals. Your beads always find a child or teen that will cherish them.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

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Thanks for sharing her thoughts. I'll keep them in mind when I'm making BOC beads, and I think those would also be good for the younger kids so either way somebody will appreciate them.
I guess I need to figure out how to do skulls, maybe put some flowers on them or something to keep them cheerful, more Day of the Dead type than scary maybe...
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Thank you for sharing that info, Mallory. This type of thing really makes it real, doesn't it?
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I too recieved a lovely convo from Hannah. It truly warmed my heart and after ready this thread has motivated me to see what I can come up with for the teens.
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I agree with all of the above! Hannah is a lovely young lady, and it was so nice of her to share her thoughts with us!
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BOC is coming to an NJ hospital (in Morristown) and it will be a chance, I hope, to get even more involved. I have still been teaming with Watchung Hills Regional High School, and hope to work with a teacher there for a curriculum model that will enable more of us (beadmakers) to do outreach in schools for BOC. It is a good program, I love it. Jeri
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Hi everyone. Did anyone who heard from Hannah learn her last name? I'm sending her a surprise box with a few beads and got her address, but not her last name.
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Old 2012-02-22, 10:51am
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Marcy, she didn't give me her last name, but she has an etsy account. I'll check there.
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Thanks Mallory. I have sent it. I just addressed it to Hannah the bead lover.
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I did not find a last name. She does live in MN though.
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Thanks so much for looking!
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Not a problem, Marcy! That was so sweet of you to send her beads!!!
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Mallory,
She's a sweetheart. I got the same message from her. It's nice that she took time out to do it!

hi!
my name is hannah, i am 16 and a member of the beads of courage beads from a distance program. I just wanted to say thank you for all you do. The beads you make put a smile on my face and on the faces of kids/teens around the world
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Irene, you are always such a wonderful supporter of the program and of course Mallory too. It's kind of nice when it becomes more personal, isn't it? I just like to feel connected.
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my name is hannah
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i am the culprit behind the etsy covos
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i found this thread by spending Way to much time online when i should be studying for the ACT
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(love all these faces
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i made this acount so that i could respond to this thread
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... and thank marcy again for the package
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i am 16 and now have over 800 beads
and hopefully getting close to my purple heart
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i am in the chronic/serious illness from a distance program


thank you so so so much for sharing your wonderful talents for this wonderful program!!!

it has helped me a lot


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Old 2012-02-28, 6:15pm
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Hannah I'm glad you found us. And maybe when you get a little older, you can learn to make beads. I can tell you sure like them!

So glad they help you!
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ps Now please go study for your ACT. It's important and we'll still be here when you're done.
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Hannah, don't forget to put an address in the RAOGK (Random Act Of Glass Kindness). You never know what glassy folks will send and most have extra beads running around occasionally.
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Hannah, thank you so much for contacting us! It made us feel so appreciated! Also, thanks for the info about what teens like for beads. Glad you are here on LE!
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Hannah, So glad you joined us on LE!
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If you have any ideas of what girls your age are looking for in beads we always appreciate the help!

Sounds like an up and coming lampworker to me.
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Hey, Hannah has a blog now.
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I sure enjoy reading it.
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