With your support, we help children and teens coping with serious illness stay encouraged during their treatment journey. Your pet can be an amazing companion to their courage! 

What you receive:

  • Custom Beads of Courage Carry a Bead kit. Each Carry a Bead kit includes two handmade glass beads and our Exclusive Team Beads of Courage Charm.

JOIN US!  Every year Beads of Courage hosts a Virtual Pet Parade on the Saturday before Mother's Day. Send us your photos and video of your pet carrying beads and we will include them in the parade! Submissions begin annually in April. We encourage our supporters and Beads of Courage members to vote for their favorite pet and then watch our Virtual Pet Parade to enjoy and see who wins. Check our Pet Parade webpage for more information: https://beadsofcourage.org/pet...

Price: $15.00
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    Pet Carry a Bead Kit - Your pet can be a companion to courageous kids!

    Pets are nature’s perfect companions, and we want to share your pet’s adventures with kids we support though Beads of Courage.

    What you will do (The instructions come inside the kit too): You will receive a Beads of Courage Carry a Bead: Pet Edition kit. We hope you will wear the matching beads during a walk, hike, swim, or whatever fun adventure you can both enjoy. Take pictures and even a video of your pet proudly wearing their shiny new beads. Share on social media tag us @beadsofcourage using #petswithbeads, #carryabead, and Text "PET" to 520-366-3431 to share your photos and videos with us!

    Once your pet Carry a Bead experience is complete, you will mail one of the two beads back to Beads of Courage. The bead you return packaged with your complete story card “written by your pet” will be given to a child or teen who receives Beads of Courage to encourage them on a tough treatment day.


    The Beads of Courage Pet Carry a Bead was released to celebrate National Pet Week® May 2-8, 2021 and pets who carried beads up until May 7, 2021 participated in our 1st BOC Pet Parade! (see the video here: https://beadsofcourage.org/pet...)

    National Pet Week® celebrates the pets that enrich our lives and encourages responsible pet care every day of the year. Created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA in 1981, it is observed during the first full week of May each year.

    Whether companion, comedian, confidant, or protector, our pets are always there for us. National Pet Week® celebrates this bond and encourages pet owners to be certain to provide their best friends with everything needed for a happy, healthy life. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, school groups, and communities host a variety of fun and informative events throughout the week. Learn more about National Pet Week at: https://www.avma.org/events/national-pet-week

    My name is Linda and I’m a proud supporter of the Beads of Courage program. Every child and his or her family going through a major health crisis can be overwhelmed with so many difficult emotions! I hope the beads I carry will offer some support and compassion and become a part of their healing process. The beads help the children or their families tell their story, and telling their story offers healing! I always do my “carry beads” with one of my best friends… Elsie. Elsie and I love to spend time outdoors and we go on lots of walks together. Elsie always seems happy which makes her a great companion for sharing in my role with Beads of Courage. She is full of love, is always willing to go on an adventure, is happy having her photo taken (for a treat of course), and wags her tail a lot when she meets other people! Yes, Elsie is my beloved pooch. Time spent with her while also supporting the Beads of Courage program is a win-win in my book (and in Elsie’s too… it usually means a fun time and a treat)!

    - LC and Elsie