Shine On! Kids provides emotional support to children fighting cancer in hospitals across Japan, through Beads of Courage©, an innovative arts-in-medicine program based around colorful bead craft.
Previously, our program was available exclusively to children with cancer. But thanks to the support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, one of the world’s biggest financial institutions, we have been able to expand the program to over 200 children suffering from other serious conditions across five hospitals throughout Japan.
Recently, Bank of America Merrill Lynch employees from Bank of America Tokyo Branch came together to support these children in a String of Strength volunteering activity held at their offices in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
During a 60-minute workshop, the employee volunteers wrote messages of support and created two “Strings of Strength” bracelets – one for a sick child in hospital, and one for themselves, as a reminder of the courage that these children display. At the end of the workshop, each volunteer described the feelings which they wished to convey to the children through their message and bracelet.
A total of 44 employee volunteers took part, grouped into teams of four, reflecting Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s wish to use the workshop as a team building exercise.
The “String of Strength” bracelets are sent to chronically ill children to give them encouragement and help them find the strength they need to continue often long and painful treatment journeys.
Thank you to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and all of the employee volunteers. Your heartfelt messages and colorful “String of Strength” bracelets will help brighten the days of children suffering from chronic illnesses across Japan!