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Beads of Courage®

Beads of Courage® in Japan

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Shine On! Kids is the sole representative and proud to provide the Beads of Courage® Program for children in Japan as an International Partner of Beads of Courage, Inc. We provide all related materials and training to hospitals in Japan at no cost. 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.

This program has been shown to:

  • Decrease illness-related distress
  • Increase the use of positive coping strategies
  • Help children find meaning in illness
  • Restore sense of self in children coping with serious illness
  • Provide something tangible the child can use to tell about their experience during cancer treatment and after.
Program Summary
Goal : To decrease illness-related distress, increase the use of positive coping strategies, enable children to find meaning in illness, and restore sense of self in children coping with serious illness.
Need : Children undergoing cancer treatment can feel discouraged, sad, and lost during their cancer treatment.
Description : Designated medical professionals (nurses, clinical psychologists, child care specialists, etc.) are trained as bead Ambassadors who give colorful beads, each corresponding to a specific aspect of cancer treatment, to both in and out patients.
Platinum Beads of Courage Sponsors®

Shine On! Kids Bead Design Challenge 2013 Sponsor Team Beads of Courage Cycling Ambassador Long-term sponsor

FCA Japan Ltd.

Fumiyuki Beppu

Servcorp Japan K.K.

What is Beads of Courage®?

Beads of Courage®, a form of arts-in-medicine, was developed by pediatric oncology nurse Jean Baruch, in the United States. The Beads of Courage® is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen the protective resources in children coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path. The Beads of Courage® Program can be found in over 260 hospitals in the US, Japan, Canada, the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. For more information visit the official Beads of Courage® website at www.beadsofcourage.org

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Strand length represents ONE WEEK of treatment

How to support Beads of Courage® in Japan

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Team Beads of Courage is a unique opportunity for supporters to directly give their strength, encouragement and support to a child fighting cancer or other serious illness in hospital. Share and connect your story and celebrate life.
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Artisans have begun the journey of support by giving the beads form, now help give the beads voice. By writing a message of support, you are reminding a child in hospital that they are not alone and you are recognizing their courage and giving them hope.

Sponsor a Hospital

The kids in our programs are fighting every day. Consider supporting their entire journey and help ensure that Shine On! Kids is with them every step of the way. To sponsor a hospital contact funding@sokids.org

  • ¥67,000 – One hospital for one month
  • ¥200,000 – One hospital for 3 months
  • ¥400,000 – One hospital for 6 months
  • ¥800,000 – One hospital for 1 year

Thank you to those listed below for giving your support to the children and families fighting in hospitals across Japan.

The launch of Beads of Courage® at a new hospital this year made possible by
  • The Keese Family
This year Chiba University Hospital is supported by
  • The Fleeger Family
  • The Hirt Family
  • The Horino Family
  • The Ichijo Family
  • The Miller Family
  • The Thomas/Bird Family
This year Ibaraki Children’s Hospital is supported by
  • The Riedel Family
  • The Yarzab Family
  • The Stonelake Family
  • The Quinlivan Family
  • The Marquez Family
  • The Harries-Guardado Family
Additional support provided by
  • The Gorman Family
  • The Border Family

Beads of Courage® participating hospitals in Japan

18 hospitals as of July 2016
Inquiries – For any inquiries regarding this program, please do not contact the hospitals directly. Contact Shine On! Kids via info@sokids.org.

1. October 2009 – Ibaraki Children’s Hospital
2. May 2010 – Osaka City General Hospital
3. March 2011 – Tokyo Metropolitan Children’s Medical Center
4. May 2011 – Chiba University Hospital
5. May 2011 – Kobe University Hospital
6. June 2011 – Shimane University Hospital
7. January 2012 – Sapporo Medical University Hospital
8. February 2012 – Tokyo Medical And Dental University, University Hospital of Medicine
9. February 2012 – Japanese Red Cross Osaka Hospital
10. October 2012 – March 2014 – Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious diseases Center Komagome Hospital
11. December 2012 – Hyogo Prefectural Kobe Children’s Hospital
12. April 2013 – Japanese Red Cross Narita Hospital
13. June 2013 – Japan Community Healthcare. Organization Chukyo Hospital
14. September 2014 – Child Chemo Clinic
15. January 2015 – Shizuoka Children’s Hospital
16. September 2015 – Keio University Hospital
17. September 2015 – Kochi Health Sciences Center
18. November 2015 – The Jikei University Hospital
19. June 2016 – Kyushu Cancer Center