My name is Jessica Boettner and I am proud to be riding 50 miles on the Beads of Courage Cycling Team in the 37th El Tour de Tucson. I am riding not only in memory of Phoebe Regan, but as a Board Member of Beads of Courage.
I was first introduced to Beads of Courage when my friend’s precious daughter Phoebe was at the Diamond Children’s Center in Tucson. Phoebe was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality which caused life-threatening complications including Pulmonary Interstitial Glycogenosis and congenital heart defects. During Phoebe’s hospitals stays, Beads of Courage was there serving as inspiration, love and hope. I saw first-hand how the organization impacted the children being treated and how the organization also provided support to friends, family and siblings. Their actions put smiles on the faces of those who were facing very challenging times.
Seeing how Beads of Courage touched so many families, I was determined to join and help in any way possible. Over the past few years I have helped made beads, raised money during different fundraisers, supported events and now a member of the Board of Directors.
Beads of Courage helps more than 60,000 children in eight different countries, tell an own their stories using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage and hope along their treatment journey. Every year, Beads of Courage distributes millions of beads to children. Every one of those beads represents a specific moment in time. A moment when a child’s spirits were lifted. A moment when courage was honored. A moment when suffering was alleviated.
Join me in Beads of Courage’s ongoing mission to bring more moments of hope and healing to those who need it most, one bead at a time!