Beads of Courage Beads in Space Tour Travels to Ten US Cities Presented by ... - MarketWatch (press release)

TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- To honor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Beads of Courage, Inc., (BOC) a non-profit organization that provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care for children coping with serious illness, their families and the healthcare providers who care for them, is launching the Beads of Courage® Beads in Space Tour and Bead Design Challenge, presented by maxIT Healthcare. BOC Children and families will be invited to see handmade Beads of Courage space beads that flew 4.8 million miles at over 17,500 miles per hour aboard the NASA Atlantis Space Shuttle Mission STS-132 and Endeavour Space Shuttle Mission STS-134 and to participate in the Beads of Courage Bead Design Challenge. The kick-off event on September 1st at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham will include special guests NASA employee Jamie Newton and daughter Sydney, a Beads of Courage member, who were instrumental in launching the Beads in Space program. Other Beads of Courage tour stops will include; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Scottish Rite), Arkansas Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Rady Children's Hospital, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Central DuPage Hospital, Hurley Medical Center, and Parkland Health & Hospital System.

"I pursued getting the Beads of Courage aboard the shuttle Atlantis in the hopes of raising awareness about Beads of Courage and the work the organization does helping children undergoing medical treatment, like my own daughter who has been helped so tremendously in her own healing process," says Jamie Newton. "We are excited that these beads will also inspire the children that have inspired us."

Children who participate in the Beads of Courage Program are able to tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage in their unique treatment path. Each bead represents something painful or difficult, but also says "I did it!" The Beads in Space Tour, presented by maxIT Healthcare, LLC, will travel to ten hospitals and cities throughout the U.S. during the months of September and October.

"We are supporting the Beads of Courage Beads in Space Tour because we have seen the power that this program has to help children and their families cope with serious illness, as well as heal," says maxIT Founding Partner and Board Member, Robert Moore, "Beads of Courage provides a tangible way to honor and recognize the incredible challenges that children coping with a serious illness experience every day.

Each child participating in the events will receive a commemorative Beads in Space shuttle bead and poster, and have an opportunity to participate in the first annual Bead Design Challenge. Each hospital will have a specific theme and the top bead design artist from that hospital will be paired with an artist from the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) to have their Bead of Courage® created. The top 10 designs from each hospital will be featured in a book to be released in late 2011 and made available to the public for purchase online at All proceeds of the sales benefit Beads of Courage.

"The Beads of Courage Program provides a way to honor and acknowledge the incredible courage that children facing serious illness demonstrate every day," says Beads of Courage founder and Executive Director, Jean Baruch. "The Beads in Space Tour is a way to connect kids to an adventure that is full of hope and excitement for the future while the Bead Design Challenge allows them to explore their creativity and further solidifies our strong relationships with the hospitals and health care professionals that implement our programs."

Anyone can support Beads of Courage and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by making a donation or purchasing a commemorative shuttle bead and poster at

Beads of Courage, Inc. is a Tucson, AZ-based international charity that has established arts-in-medicine Programs to provide psychosocial support for children coping with serious illness in more than 100 children's hospitals in the United States, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland. Their mission is to provide innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. FB: @BeadsofCourage

maxIT Healthcare, LLC has been completely focused on Healthcare Information Technology since its inception in 2001. With over 600 consultants, maxIT is the trusted technology advisor and partner to healthcare organizations, providing seasoned professionals and expert guidance to maximize quality, safety, and financial performance. maxIT's key goals are to contribute to our client's success and to provide a supportive culture for our professional consultants and associates. maxIT has recently been recognized in Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare, Inc. 500/5000's Fastest Growing Private Companies, and Healthcare Informatics Top 100 Healthcare Information Technology Companies. maxIT Healthcare is a portfolio company of Riordan, Lewis & Haden | Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm based in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, go to

WHEN/WHERE: TOUR SCHEDULE (Events are for BOC members/families/invited media and closed to the public; however, * indicates PUBLIC event)

                        Hospital / Venue                         Location           Date      Theme          Children's of Alabama                    Birmingham, AL     1-Sep-11  INSPIRE          Children's Healthcare of Atlanta         Atlanta, GA        2-Sep-11                                                   (Scottish Rite)          **FlameTree Glass PUBLIC 12-6pm          470 S. Atlanta St. 3-Sep-11  COURAGE                                                   Roswell, GA          Arkansas Children's Hospital             Little Rock, AR    8-Sep-11  PEACE          Children's Hospital of Philadelphia      Philadelphia, PA   13-Sep-11 HOPE          Rady Children's Hospital                 San Diego, CA      15-Sep-11 STRENGTH          Eastern Maine Medical Center             Bangor, ME         22-Sep-11 LOVE          Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh        Pittsburgh, PA     24-Sep-11 HOPE          **Pittsburgh Glass Center (PUBLIC event) 5472 Penn Ave,          10am-4pm                                 Pittsburgh, PA          Central DuPage Hospital                  Winfield, IL       26-Sep-11 LIFE          Hurley Medical Center                    Flint, MI          28-Sep-11 JOY          Parkland Health & Hospital System        Dallas, TX         6-Oct-11  SPIRIT                

September is recognized internationally as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of the Beads in Space Tour is to honor children who are members of the Beads of Courage Program®. Beads of Courage, Inc. and maxIT hope the Beads in Space Tour will remind children coping with serious illness that their imagination can take them anywhere, while sparking their creativity through the first annual Beads of Courage Bead Design Challenge.

SOURCE Beads of Courage, Inc.

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30 Aug, 2011

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