Beads of Courage
Carry-A-Bead Program through Beads of Courage:
Beads of Courage is an arts-in-medicine encouragement program for children battling chronic illnesses. Children receive hand made glass beads color coded for each milestone in their treatment journey. Carry-A-Bead gives children and athletes a special bond. During each home game, University of Alabama football players wear two matching beads. One bead is theirs to keep, while the mate is given to a child at Children's of Alabama undergoing treatment. The child is also given a story card explaining when and where the bead was worn, and an experience the athlete had while wearing it. Lastly, the child receives a note of encouragement. This note serves to show the child that they are not in their fight alone.
*We are currently working to expand this program to the Minneapolis area sports teams.
hospital visits and game tickets
University of Alabama football players make monthly trips to Children's of Alabama in Birmingham to visit with patients and their families. Athletes hand out gift bags, sign autographs, take pictures, and hand out "ASF- Love Saves Lives" beads to the patients and their families.
Tickets for Alabama Football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium are randomly given out each game to a child undergoing treatment and their family members. They will also gain an opportunity to meet the players. We are currently expanding this program to reach Minneapolis area teams.
Beads of Courage
The Austin Shepherd Foundation has funded the "Beads of Courage" program in the pulmonary, oncology, solid organ, burn, and cardiac units of Children's of Alabama in addition to the "Carry a Bead" program. We are currently working to expand our support to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
The Austin Shepherd Foundation is currently raising funds to donate to Sarcoma Cancer research.