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improves treatment outcome and children’s approach to medical treatment through Japan’s first, full-time Animal Assisted Therapy program at a children’s hospital.
We offer athletes and anyone choosing to embark on a race or journey the opportunity to participate in the very powerful Team Beads of Courage program whereby a very special bead is carried during a race, climb, or other event, then given to a child when they most need a boost of encouragement.
Children fighting cancer receive colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage to commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path. Each bead tells a story of strength, honor and hope.
Calling all marathon runners, triathaloners, swimmers, cyclists, and mountaineers for the Shine On! Challenge! Register yourself as a challenger or pledge our current Shine On! Challengers to SHARE YOUR ENERGY, COURAGE and STRENGTH.
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Introducing a new Shine On! Kids Facility Dog Handler!

2015/10/01 08:58 Facility Dog, Shine On! Programs

Introducing a new partner for Facility Dog Yogi at Shizuoka Children’s Hospital Thank you very much for your ongoing support for the Shine On! Kids Facility Dog Program. We are very pleased today to announce that a new nurse-handler, Keiko Suzuki, has been assigned to work with Facility Dog Yogi at Shizuoka Children’s Hospital. Our […]


Steve McKean Shines On! in 2015

2015/09/16 10:42 Challengers, Spotlight

Steve McKean will run a series of half-marathons in the next couple of months while carrying Team Beads of Courage and fundraising for the Beads of Courage® program at Sapporo Medical University Hospital. Amount raised so far: ¥10,000 ! He has run four half-marathons in September, and will be running even more in October. About Steve […]


It’s off to Oz for the 2015 Extravaganza in the Emerald City

2015/07/09 12:00 Extravaganzas, Fundraising Events

This year supporters donned their Ruby Slippers, followed the Yellow Brick Road, and were off to Oz for the Shine On! Kids Extravaganza in the Emerald City! Saturday, September 26th, 2015 | Tokyo American Club See photos of the event on our Facebook page here See the full set of photos on the Photo LIFE.14 […]


Kids design ‘Mini Moos’ to join CowParade Niseko

2015/07/05 10:40 Artistic Events, Fundraising Events, Outdoor Events, Upcoming Events

(Visual from CowParade Niseko, Japan)   CowParade Niseko 2015, Niseko area, Hokkaido July 1 ~ October 1 http://cowparadeniseko.com/  |  https://www.facebook.com/cowparadeniseko Cows have come to Niseko! Cow Parade, the largest public Art event in the world, is coming to ‘premier four-season destination’ Niseko, Hokkaido. From July to October 2015, the Niseko area will become the 81st […]


Ringside at Executive Fight Night V

2015/04/07 06:02 Executive Fight Night, Fundraising Events, Sporting Events

7.3 million yen raised! What a night! The room was transformed with screaming fans, fearless fighters, great food, and amazing performances all around. But despite the brawls going on between Red and Blue in the ring, everyone was on the same team when it came to our cause. Through fighter pledges, live auctions, the raffle, […]


Do you have old books collecting dust on your shelves?

2015/01/20 18:02 Fundraising Events

Your unused books, DVDs, CDs and video games can be donated to support Shine On! Kids through Charibon.


All Kids Can Shine On! Through Music at the Summer Charity Concert!

2015/08/19 17:49 Artistic Events, Music Events, Upcoming Events

Spend a festive afternoon with your kids entertained by the finest children’s singer-songwriters in Japan. The first ever Shine On! Summer Charity Concert features Eric Jacobsen, TV host of NHK’s “Eigo de Asobo” (Let’s Play with English) and professional guitarist. Other amazing artists include pianist Kensaku Tanikawa, percussionist Eri Ohashi, singer Naoko Shirakami and MC […]


Mike Cartwright Shines On!

2015/07/28 16:23 Featured Supporters, Team Beads of Courage®

Mike Cartwright, our newest and most enthusiastic Team Beads of Courage supporter, smiles for the camera during a long race   Mike Cartwright joined Team Beads of Courage this year, and has already carried beads in seven marathons. Team Beads of Courage allows athletes to directly encourage and honor a children’s fight against cancer; a participant […]


Extravaganza in the Emerald City Raffle

2015/07/09 11:34 Fundraising Events

There’s no place like home, but it doesn’t hurt to take a vacation sometimes.   Thank you to everyone who supported our raffle! The drawing took place the evening of September 26 at the 2015 Extravaganza in the Emerald City.   Here are the lucky winning numbers! GRAND RAFFLE PRIZE 1624 Trip for two to Thailand! Fly […]


2015 Zurich Global community Week

2015/07/08 05:59 Beads of Courage®, Featured Sponsors, Fundraising Events

Sponsor Bead Participant Zurich Life Japan | Facebook | Zurich Global Community Week2015 – Employees at Zurich Life Japan helped raise ¥460,000 during their Global Community Week in June. For the 3rd year in a row, employees made donations to send Sponsor Beads to children along with messages of support, and the Z Zurich Foundation matched the amount. […]