The Warrior Beads Program is open to anyone that has a medical journey to share - no age limitations, no illness limitations, and "Survivors" welcome!
Their Warrior Beads journey begins… when the participant’s first bead order is sent to 1Boy4Change the participant will receive all ordered beads PLUS their first name spelled out in beads. Then, colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone is given to the participant by 1Boy4Change to add to their Warrior Bead collection throughout their treatment as determined by the Warrior Bead guide and order form.
All Warrior Beads were developed in collaboration with experts in the field (nurses, doctors, child life specialists and social workers) and participants, so that each bead would reflect meaningful acknowledgment of the participant’s treatment journey.
Ongoing evaluation of the Warrior Bead program indicates that the program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increase the use of positive coping strategies, helps participants find meaning in illness, and restore sense of self in participants coping with serious illness. The program also provides something tangible the participant can use to tell about their experience during treatment and after.