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Monday, June 8, 2015

Weekly Challenge #221

Weekly Challenge #221: "Beads of Courage" 

We are jumping straight into the challenge this week because everything i did this week revolved around Beads of Courage.

Beads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine that supports kids with chronic or life threatening illnesses and their families.  These kids are amazing.  And they more often than not have to deal with a lot on a daily basis.  They see a lot of doctors, and on this program instead of getting a sticker or a lollipop for getting a needle or an X-Ray, or a test of some kind, they'd get a glass bead to represent that part of their medical journey.


Artoo and his friend
Three years ago, my friend Tara and i decided to organize a 5K Colour Fun Run to raise money and awareness about this amazing program that both of our kids are on.

Chewie is Flying
  This is the third year of our run and it just keeps getting better and better.

our fabulous planning committee 
Runners start out wearing white T-shirts - then along the 5K course our volunteers throw coloured corn starch on them.  If you've ever been to a Color Me Rad or Color Run type event, it's very similar.  Although someone likened Color Me Rad to a frat party, and ours to a family picnic.  I'd say that was fairly accurate.

the Diva Family
This year was special for us because Artoo is finally big enough to actually "get" what all his beads mean.  After his last hospitalization in May he wore his Beads of Courage every day and would tell me what each bead meant and how he was so brave.   When he got to the race yesterday morning he was yelling: "Welcome to the Colour Run Everybody! What a beautiful day!" so cute.


Artoo and B-rad
Artoo also walked through all of the colour stations and had so much fun!  Chewie had a great time running with his best friend and her family - he was so speedy.

Diggin' the yellow
I love our run because there are so many families who come out to do the activity together.   This is my family:

Good times

We had another amazingly successful year and because of our hard work - lots of courageous and strong kids in our province are going to be able to tell their stories of courage in a meaningful way.  Including my own kid.  and that's really amazing.

SO this week's challenge is to be inspired by Beads of Courage.  Here's last year's challenge if you want to get some ideas.  You could use beads as inspiration for your string, or for inspiration for your tangles, or perhaps you know someone who is being particularly strong and courageous right now and you may be inspired by them! 
some of Artoo's beads from his first year of life
Some of the things you can collect beads for are:
Needle pokes, overnight stays in hospital, isolation, mobility challenges like bed rest or casting, hair changes, tube insertions or removals, therapies, doctors appointments, surgeries, xrays, ultrasounds, infusions, radiation, oxygen/respiratory support, procedures...

My tile is on the way - i a so exhausted from the week of last minute preparations and little to no sleep and then everything that ensues when you plan and carry out a 5K run.  

Happy Tangling!
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

17 comments:

  1. The run looks like fun and I think those beads are such a lovely way to reward children a little for what they go through. Trying to be a bit different didn't work for me this week. You wanted beads, you got beads and I enjoyed doing them.

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  2. I can understand something like beads of courage as when I was little I would pray the rosary when scared because I had severe anxiety and separation anxiety when at school in my early years. I still have those original beads from age 7. I'm glad your kids have something to hang onto when things are hard with whatever they might be going through. It can make all the difference in your day. Sarah.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this very special challenge. The Beads of Courage organization is a one of a kind.



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  4. I'm so proud of Artoo and constantly impressed by you and your wonderful family. I know you deal with a lot, but your resilience really is inspiring.

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  5. You (and B-rad) (oh, and Chewie) must be SO very proud of Artoo!!! And ... we are all so very proud of you, for being who you are!!!!!!!

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  6. I had never heard of Beads of Ciursge. What a wonderful program! I bet Artoo made a great ambassador for the program.

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  7. What a great thing for children dealing with illness. Your beautiful family is a constant inspiration.

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  8. What a great thing for children dealing with illness. Your beautiful family is a constant inspiration.

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  9. I just posted mine. I hope that it is ok for this challenge. I decided to do something to represent my dad who is going thru dialysis for kidney failure. I hope yall like it.

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  10. Thank you for this special challenge :-) I always like to read your posts of your wonderful family.

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  11. It's been awhile since I've entered here, but here you are still carrying the torch for all us challenge lovers. Congrats for all the hard work and success you all had on your marathon. Your boys are really growing and look very happy.

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  12. Beads of courage, what a brilliant idea and this blog is s great way to spread the word. Perhaps Beads will be started for children in another place because of this. I was a Peadiatric Nurse, trained at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital London and I had never heard of them, I wish we had something similar to give the children, they go through so much.

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  13. Came to your blog via Beverley G's blog because I cannot comment on hers, her blog simply won't let me (tried refreshing, going to another post and commenting on that one). I know about the beads of courage as my friends grandee in Germany has been a leukaemia sufferer and she had beads of courage.
    Congrats on the marathon and all you have done and are still doing.
    Hugs, Neet
    ps if you could let Beverly G know I did try to comment ...

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  14. Laura, as I said last year, It takes a strong and courageous mom (and dad) to raise a strong child!!! So, "Go beads of courage" for your whole family!!!! Tears of joy and happiness when I looked at your pics!!! Keep up the awesome work!! You're amazing!!! And so is Artoo!!! (((hugs))) xo Annette :0)

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  15. I wanted to participate so had to post from my phone today. Think I accomplished it! There's a Diva Dance bead in there too, cuz Mom deserves a bead too!

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  16. OOPS! #80 is actually for challenge #222 - sorry - first time I've submitted and got it under the wrong one!

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tangle me some zen, baby!!