It’s been over a year since we’ve shared Emily’s Beads of Courage, so here they are!
These are current as of November 2013, so we’re missing about four months worth. We have close to 800. I can’t tell you how much Emily loves these! She often pulls them out and (ahem) “organizes” them. I’ve tried to keep them in the order of events as they happened, but I somewhat gave up toward the end so she can play with them 🙂
A year ago Emily and I were able to travel to the Northern California Costco Regional Managers meeting to share her story. They do their big fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network every May, so we got to help pump the managers up, so they could in turn pump their employees up, so they could in turn sell more of those red and yellow CMN balloons 🙂 All of the proceeds of those balloon sales go to CMN and (here in our area) to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The funds pay for things the hospital can’t afford, such as specialized equipment, research, the Child Life program, and the Beads of Courage (plus more). Just yesterday, all five kids and I got to speak to the same Costco managers and share an update. They were so sweet to have us, and we were so honored to be able to help give back. We brought her beads, so they could see how important their efforts are to families like ours.
(We’ve also been lucky enough to share our story with Sam’s Club and Walmart!)
I forgot to include something for a size reference in the photo above, but those beads stretch clear across a large conference room. I am so thankful for such a neat program available to Emily!