Beads of Courage Arts-in-Medicine Program Coming to San Diego
July 10, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Local area leaders have teamed up with Beads of Courage to host a 2nd Annual Journey to Fight Cancer Golf Tournament & Luau at the Cottonwood Golf Course in El Cajon on Friday, July 23 starting at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and scramble.
This year’s tournament will raise funds to start the first Beads of Courage program in San Diego County, bringing hope and inspiration to children battling serious illnesses in our community and throughout Southern California.
This year’s tournament has drawn the support of over forty sponsors from Southern California organizations and businesses that are committed to increasing public awareness of health issues and supporting the recovery efforts of children with cancer. Swinerton Builders in the Foundation Sponsor and Southern California Soil & Testing is the Title Sponsor.
Beads of Courage programs are currently running at over 60 hospitals worldwide and benefitting 10,000 children annually. This year’s fundraising effort will help launch the first Beads of Courage program in San Diego County later this year at Kaiser Permanente’s Zion Medical Center. Central to this art-in-medicine program are decorative glass beads. The Program’s beads recently made a journey in May to the International Space Station aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis and were featured in the June issue of The Ladies Home Journal.
Children participating in the program are given a length of string along with letter beads that spell out their name. As they undergo their healing process, they receive beads representing different treatments and milestones. Their growing beaded necklaces stand as pieces of art that signify their medical histories and enables them to share and reflect on their experiences.
The Journey to Fight Cancer Golf Tournament is the inspiration of Manny Magana, the Assistant General Manager for Otay Water District, and a number of passionate volunteers whose lives have been touched by the disease. They are pursuing this project to raise awareness of Beads of Courage and the work the organization does to help children undergoing medical treatment. Magana said, “Beads of Courage has helped one of my dear friends through her healing process and I’m very pleased to be a part of this important project.”
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with volunteers in San Diego from the 2nd Annual Journey to Fight Cancer Golf Tournament,” said Jean Baruch, Executive Director of Beads of Courage. “The group raised $20,000 at last year’s tournament which helped Beads of Courage start programs in Southern California at the City of Hope Medical Center in Los Angeles and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. We’ve never had anyone come to us offering to help raise money in support of our cause, so the San Diego effort clearly shows what people can do when they come together.”
Beads of Courage is a non-profit organization, based in Tucson, Ariz., focused on arts-in-medicine programs geared toward helping children cope with serious illnesses. Patients are given beads to represent significant treatment milestones during their journey. More information is available at www.beadsofcourage.org .