Hero Beads

Miss O and beads

BandBeads

Kelly & Hero Beads

We supply our popular Hero Bead program to young people treated at American Family Children’s Hospital. Hero Beads let kids and teens with cancer or blood disorders commemorate their personal treatment journey in the form of a simple, visible medical record. They initially receive a cord with letter beads that spell out their first name, plus a Diagnosis bead and a bead representing the American Family Children’s Hospital. Every time a young person has a procedure or passes a particular milestone, a member of the medical team can give him or her a special bead to add to the cord(s) of beads. Over time, Hero Beads provide a symbol of each patient’s personal journey, a touchable testament to strength and endurance.

Patient families should talk to your Child Life specialist about the Hero Bead program. Patients who join the program in mid-treatment are welcome to obtain one or more cords and collect the beads they need to “catch up.” Patients who have already finished treatment or bereaved families may create a set by visiting the BCCN office. Call 608-231-8006 to set up a time to come in.

Here’s the list of available beads, subject to change:

Procedure / Experience

Bead Description

Bead

Air Lift

Helicopter Charm

American Family Children’s Hospital Bead

White Porcelain Rectangle w/ Red Kids

Biopsy Complete

Orange-Yellow-Red Striped Sphere

Birthday on Treatment

Balloons Charm

Blood Culture

Red-Green Striped Glass Cylinder

Blood Draw

Red Metallic Ball

Blood Transfusion

Red Heart

Bone Marrow Aspiration

Brown & White Swirled Tube

Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant

Spiked Rainbow Ball

Cast

White Tube bead

Central Line Surgically In

‘Courage’ charm

Central Line Surgically Out

Smiley Cube Bead

Course of Chemo

Green Wooden Bead

CT Scan

Cat Bead

Day Treatment

Decorated Wood Oval

Diagnosis

Gold Childhood Cancer Ribbon

Echocardiogram

Purple Wooden Ball

End of Treatment

Boy or Girl Dangle Charm

Finger Poke

Pony Bead

Hair Loss

Smiling Wood Disc w/ bandana

ICU/PICU

Green Turtle

IM Injection

Green or Pink Wooden Smiley Bead

Inpatient Admission

Bear Bead

IV Infusion

Multicolor Glass Flower Bead

Lumbar Puncture

Light Blue Disc

MRI

Pastel Sun Bead

Nuclear Med Scan

Gold Ball

Oral Med, new

Butterfly Bead

PET Scan

Round Pet Bead

Platelet Transfusion

Gold Disc w/ Moon, Heart, Star

Port Access/IV Placement

Red Striped Barrel w/ Blue Star

Radiation

Blue Porcelain Disc w/ Yellow Sunburst

Relapse

‘Hope’ Charm

Remission, No Evidence of Disease

Wooden Smiley Ball

Sedation

Pastel Moon Bead

Shunt Insertion

Clear Tube

Stem Cell Harvest

Spotted Multicolor Glass Bead

Surgery

Blue Star

Total Body Irradiation

Green Glass Star

TPN (IV Nutrition)

Holstein Print Cylinder

Travel To Distant Treatment Center

Red Train Bead

Tube Insertion (chest tube, g-tube, etc)

Striped Cube Bead

Ultrasound

Blue & White Spotted Glass Cylinder (old)

Blue glass cylinder (new)

X-Ray

White Bone-Shaped Bead

Wish Granted/ Wish Trip

Airplane

WOW Bead (Special Accomplishment)

Gold Glass Bead with Swirls and Dots

Years Off Treatment (1, 2, 3, etc.)

Number Beads