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Carry a bead, encourage a child

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local non- profit founded right here in Tucson is hoping to help kids with chronic illnesses in time for next week's El Tour.

Beads of Courage provides arts in medicine to kids who have life-threatening illnesses.
They get a bead for each procedure or accomplishment, and with a relatively new program called Team Beads, you can, too.

Say you're running a marathon or maybe biking in a long race - you carry two identical beads for the duration, then write a note about where your beads have been. You give one to a sick child to give them hope and encouragement, and you keep one for yourself to remind you of your accomplishment.

National Team Beads of Courage Director Bryan Reece says the beads help the children share their stories with those who don't know what it's like to go through something like cancer or a blood disorder.

"We certainly think we've helped them record, own and tell their story about the treatment that they've been through," Reece said, "and what they continue to go through to articulate to friends and family what their illness is like and what it's meant in their lives."

To find out how you can help, visit www.beadsofcourage.org.

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