A program for children with cancer in all of Suisse romande, put in place by the Ligue vaudoise contre le cancer and funded by Zoé4life: The Kanji.
Soldiers, policemen and firemen risk their lives every day serving their country or community. Each day people stumble upon accidents or jump into frozen rivers to save survivors of plane crashes. We recognize these heroes for their acts of courage; medals, decorations and other rewards are bestowed upon them by an appreciative public official or superior officer.
How do you recognize and encourage a young child fighting a battle against a life-threatening disease? A battle that is no less dangerous and harrowing? A battle where the outcome is as uncertain as the dangers faced by more well-known heroes?
You present that child with a Bead of Courage. This program was named “Kanji”, a fun, abbreviated version of the original Dutch name for the program, where the beads are originally from.
Children receive beads for every treatment procedure and milestone that they encounter. A child can tell you what every single bead on their sometimes 1,000 bead strand signifies, from blood draws, nights in the hospital to hair loss and transplant. Their beads help them tell their story and honour and recognize their courage .
Beads of Courage help children coping with cancer record, tell, and own their stories of courage.