Ryan has been fighting most of his life. Last year, Ryan was diagnosed with a secondary cancer caused by the treatment he endured while battling a brain tumor when he was only 3. In April of 2015, Ryan needed a bone marrow transplant, which he received from one of his sisters. After a very long, difficult road back we received the heartbreaking news that he has relapsed, and his disease has come back. He is now having to fight for the 3rd time. Ryan began collecting his Beads of Courage just one year ago (right before his transplant). Each bead tells his story of strength, courage and of hope. It is truly amazing to hold them in your hands. So beautiful and symbolic of everything he has had to endure and overcome this past year. A true reminder of the strength of his spirit, to never give up and to never lose hope, as he continues to fight this fight.---Amy Wilcox, what an amazing story of courage and family support...keep on fighting! #BEadstrong, #Beadsofcourage, #BEadsupportive, #Narrativemedicne, #BEadhopeful
She may be small but her courage is BIG. "Isabella was diagnosed with Pre-B ALL Leukemia November 4, 2014 at the age of 2. She is in Remission!!! She is in the Maintenance stage of her 2.5 year treatment." -Her mother, Holly Hardwick, reports. #Beadstrong Isabella!
"June 11th was my 4 year old son's 1 year post BMT for aplastic anemia. We had a cake made to look like his beads of courage!" Thanks for sharing Kayla Bellefeuille! #Beadstrong
Kenyan Drake posts inspiring message (@beadsofcourage mention) sds.to/1yJFSCq @TheJennaKing @ShepFoundation @UA_Athletics @KDx17
“Milena is 3 months old. She has been diagnosed with mesoblastic nephroma one month ago. It's a kidney tumor. But this one was unbelievably huge (15 cm ¤, 2 kilos), rare, and unusual. Few days ago she had a really hard and life threating surgery. We are the happiest parents on earth because she is still alive and feels much better every day.I decided to collect the beads of courage because she doesn't know what's going on. Already have more than 220. Hopefully, she won't remember any of this. But one day I would like to show and help her understand what she is going through right now, how brave she is, how much strength hides in this tiny body. I would like her to know how much does it mean to me to be her mom, how proud I am. Milena is not alone and never will be, everyone supports her. We have great care. Sometimes things get really scary, she needs to fight for own life every day. But we won't give up and keep smiling. And with everyone's help, SHE WILL WIN!” –Proud Mom, Dominika Krakowińska #beadstrong, #Narrativemedicine