Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage is an international program of Arts-in-Medicine for children with serious illness. Beads of Courage helps more than 60,000 children in eight countries record, tell and own their stories, using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage and hope along their treatment journey. MCW members provide lidded wooden boxes for children to keep their “beads of courage”. We work directly with the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Department in Baltimore.

Check here for donations from 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2016 presentations.

The new MCW contact for Beads of Courage is Steve Haddix and we hope to provide more detailed information about participation in the coming weeks.

  • Phil Brown 10 3/4" x 5" bowl with lid, donated for Beads of Courage [pear, maple]
  • Jim Allison 9 1/2" x 6" "Beads of Courage" lidded bowl [cherry, maple, walnut]
  • Richard Webster 6" x 5" "Beads of Courage" box [cherry]
  • Bob Grudburg 5" x 7" "Beads of Courage" box [walnut]
  • Ellen Davis 7" x 2" "Beads of Courage" box [box elder, red cedar closure]
  • Gary Guenther 5 3/4" x 4" "Beads of Courage" box [cherry]
  • Clif Poodry 10" x 9" "Beads of Courage" lidded bowl [poplar, paint]
  • Joe Stout 8" x 4" "Beads of Courage" lidded bowl [walnut, maple]
  • Joe Stout 8" x 4" "Beads of Courage" lidded bowl [walnut, maple]
  • Steve Haddix 6" x 4" "Beads of Courage" tortoise box "Mosley" [maple]
  • Steve Haddix 6" x 4" "Beads of Courage" tortoise box "Mosley" [maple]
  • Don Van Ryk 6-1/4" x 5-1/2" "Beads of Courage" lidded bowl [cherry]
  • Don Van Ryk 6-1/4" x 5-1/2" "Beads of Courage" lidded bowl [cherry]
  • Gary Guenther 5 3/4" x 4" "Beads of Courage" box [cherry]
  • Ed Karch 6" x 3.25" "Beads of Courage" "cat" box [cherry] - turned, carved, and decorated
  • Ed Karch 6" x 3.25" "Beads of Courage" "cat" box [cherry] - turned, carved, and decorated
  • On August 24, 2015, Jeff Tate delivered eleven Beads of Courage lidded vessels to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology unit in Baltimore.  Thanks to all who donated their work.  This is a continuing MCW Program.  Please make more.
  • Joe Stout 8" x 6" Beads of Courage pot [pine]
  • Joe Stout 8" x 6" Beads of Courage pot [pine]
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  • Bob Grudberg 8" x 8" Beads of Courage box [cedar, cherry, colored laminate, bead]
  • Bob Grudberg 8" x 8" Beads of Courage box [cedar, cherry, colored laminate, bead]
  • Jeff Tate 6" x 6" Beads of Courage box [sycamore]
  • Jeff Tate 6" x 6" Beads of Courage box [sycamore]
  • Bob Grudburg 6" x 4" Beads of Courage box [cedar, maple, colored laminate, bead]
  • Bob Grudburg 6" x 4" Beads of Courage box [cedar, maple, colored laminate, bead]
  • Bob Grudburg 6" x 4" Beads of Courage box [cedar, maple, colored laminate, bead]
  • Stephen Price 7" x 6" Beads of Courage box [maple, walnut, bead]
  • Stephen Price 6" x 7" Beads of Courage box [maple, walnut]
  • Mike Colella 15" Courage Wand [olive, bead] (detail)
  • Tim Aley 6" x 6" BoC Box [box elder, redwood burl, bead]
  • Tim Aley 6" x 6" BoC Box [box elder, redwood burl, bead]
  • Joe Barnard Courage Wand [sycamore, color]
  • Joe Barnard Courage Wand [sycamore, color] (detail)
  • Joe Barnard Courage Wand [sycamore, color] (detail)
  • Joe Barnard BoC box [pine, cherry, paint]
  • Joe Barnard BoC box [pine, cherry, paint]
  • Eliot Feldman 4" x 4" Beads of Courage box [spalted maple, bead]
  • Eliot Feldman 4" x 4" BoC box [spalted maple, bead]
  • Eliot Feldman 4" x 4" BoC box [spalted maple, bead]
  • Jim Allison 7 1/2" x 6" BoC box [black cherry, spalted maple, bead]
  • Jim Allison 7 1/2" x 6" BoC box [black cherry, spalted maple, bead]
  • Bob Browning 7 1/2" x 4" BoC box [box elder, sycamore, walnut]
  • Bob Browning 7 1/2" x 4" BoC box [box elder, sycamore, walnut]
  • Gary Guenther 7 1/4" x 5 1/2" BoC box [cherry, Honduras mahogany, bead]
  • Gary Guenther 7 1/4" x 5 1/2" BoC box [cherry, Honduras mahogany, bead]
  • Courage Wands, from (L to R): Stephen Price, Jeff Tate, Tim Aley, Jeff Annis, Gary Guenther, Jeff Annis, Joe Barnard, Bob Browning, Jeff Tate, and Mike Colella. Thanks, Mike, for a great idea sure to please the kids.
  • Group of 13 to take to JH.
  • Richard Webster 5" x 6" Beads of Courage box [cherry, paint]
  • Bob Browning 5" x 7" Beads of Courage box [spalted box elder, sycamore, walnut]
  • Bob Browning 5" x 7" Beads of Courage box [spalted box elder, sycamore, walnut]
  • Richard Webster 5" x 6" Beads of Courage box [cherry, paint]
  • Good work, MCW.  Thanks for your participation.
  • Jeff Tate 7-1/2" x 9" Beads of Courage box [cherry, maple, bead]
  • Jeff Tate 7-1/2" x 9" Beads of Courage box [cherry, maple, bead]
  • Jeff Tate 7-1/2" x 9" Beads of Courage box [cherry, maple, bead]
  • Jeff Tate 7-1/2" x 9" Beads of Courage box [cherry, maple, bead]
  • Russ Iler 6-1/2" X 4-1/2" Beads of Courage Box
  • Russ Iler 6-1/2" X 4-1/2" Beads of Courage Box
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