EVERY BEAD TELLS A STORY...

November 16, 2018

EVERY BEAD TELLS A STORY...



... OF STRENGTH, HONOUR AND HOPE, which sums up what Beads of Courage stands for.

If you don't already know, Beads of Courage is an innovative program that was founded in Tucson, Arizona (the heart of all things beads!). Today Beads of Courage supports chronically ill children in 6 international countries. Beads of Courage Canada was established in 2011 as a federally registered not-for-profit charity. Remarkably, Beads of Courage Canada is now in 10 hospitals with 27 unique programs throughout Canada.


Here's the Mission Statement for Beads of Courage:

"Caring for children coping with serious illness, their families and clinicians by helping them to RECORD, TELL and OWN their story of COURAGE through beads."

Because of my lifelong connection and passion for beads, Trollbead's main theme of "Every Bead Has A Story" and Beads of Courage's "Every Bead Tells a Story of Strength, Honour & Hope", I came up with an idea for our upcoming Trollbeads Glass Artisan Event. I decided to pull this trilogy of "Bead Love" together and donate the proceeds from Mariela's "You-Design" custom glass Trollbeads, which she'll create when she's here in Calgary at my shop, to Beads of Courage!

It seems to me to be the synergistic thing to do, and after reading through the story of Beads of Courage below, I hope you'll think so too.


In a nutshell, this explains a bit more of how the program works:

"What is the Beads of Courage Program? The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program members tell their story using colourful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honour and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey. Beads are given according to a program specific program bead guide. For milestones in their treatment journey, they receive handmade one-of-a-kind glass beads that are donated by members of the International Society of Glass Bead-Makers (ISGB)."

For a more "visual" idea of the Beads of Courage program, please take a look at this touching and poignant VIDEO:

Beads of Courage Canada from Beads of Courage-Canada on Vimeo.

Isn't this video heart-warming and inspiring?


​​Suzie Q Studio at the Crossroads Market in Calgary is having a fundraiser for Beads of Courage Canada on Saturday, December 1, from 10am - 4pm. It will be a special Trollbeads Glass Artisan Event! Hope you can join us.

Above is a photo of Kira, who appears in the video, along her bead journey! And the following are some stats to give you an idea of what the beads mean in Kira's very long necklace:

To date she has received...
6 star beads = surgeries
97 yellow beads = nights in the hospital
More than 140 black beads = needle pokes
7 red beads = blood transfusions
75 light green beads = test/scans (with more to come)
20 white beads = rounds of chemotherapy
98 rainbow beads = physiotherapy/prosthetic appointments (with many more to come)

Just to name a few!



​Suzie Q Studio at the Crossroads Market in Calgary is having a fundraiser for Beads of Courage Canada on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10am - 4pm. It will be a special Trollbeads Glass Artisan Event! Hope you can join us.

Interested in getting involved in this wonderful program? Here's one way, if you enjoy making stuff...BEADS OF COURAGE DONATIONS.



​Suzie Q Studio at the Crossroads Market in Calgary is having a fundraiser for Beads of Courage Canada on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10am - 4pm. It will be a special Trollbeads Glass Artisan Event! Hope you can join us.

If you're not a maker but you'd still like to contribute, please check out the Beads of Courage "CARRY A BEAD" program. It's a way to participate in a very cool way! Check it out by Clicking on this Link: CARRY A BEAD Program.



Beads of Courage Canada Wins Social Venture Partners Calgary Fast Pitch 2018

Recently, Executive Director for Beads of Courage Canada, Victoria Plouffe, was among the outstanding non-profits chosen to participate in "Fast Pitch 2018", which is an event for non-profits to make a donation pitch for their respective programs. Take a look at the Victoria's incredibly touching pitch that won over the hearts of the judges and attendees:







​Suzie Q Studio at the Crossroads Market in Calgary is having a fundraiser for Beads of Courage Canada on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10am - 4pm. It will be a special Trollbeads Glass Artisan Event! Hope you can join us.


Suzie Q Studio at the Crossroads Market in Calgary is having a fundraiser for Beads of Courage Canada on Saturday, December 1, from 10am - 4pm. It will be a special Trollbeads Glass Artisan Event! You'll have a rare and wonderful chance to see rods of coloured glass being heated, twisted and combined to create the gorgeous glass Trollbeads that you love, right before your eyes... and you can even be one of 15 Trollbeads Fans to get your own custom-designed glass Trollbead. I'll be letting everyone know next week how you can be one of those lucky 15 people, and support Beads of Courage Canada at the same time!

In addition to the glass bead making demonstration by Trollbeads' Glass Artisan, Mariela Chavez, there will be fabulous Trollbeads Special Offers, with Savings of up to 50+% OFF, and Sweet Treats too!

Hope you can join us on December 1st for this super-fun event. ~ Suzie💕❤️