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Glass beads by 32 artists were sent into space on the final trip of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, all for the benefit of seriously ill children through the Beads of Courage program. “Children who participate in the program receive colored beads that represent milestones, procedures, and acts of bravery. For instance, they get a yellow bead for an overnight hospital stay, a white one for chemotherapy, and a glow-in-the-dark bead for radiation treatment. It’s not uncommon for children to amass 10, 20 — even 35 — feet of beads. It helps young patients track and celebrate their progress, but it also gives them a way to get through upcoming procedures, says Gwendolyn Possinger, the coordinator of Children’s Memorial Hospital’s Beads of Courage program in Chicago. “A child facing another needle can look at his beads and realize that he made it through before so he can do it again,” she says.”

I just ordered this little guy for my granddaughters’ July birthdays…and of course one for Mimi…me!!! ISN’T HE CUTE!!!

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