Journey Beads

Children with cancer need supportive techniques to help them positively cope with illness, and guidance that nurtures them through their challenges. That’s why we have partnered with Glass Art Kalamazoo to support the Bronson Children’s Hospital Journey Beads Program.

The Bronson Children’s Hospital Journey Beads help young patients honor their cancer treatment experience with tokens that symbolize each significant milestone along the way. At the start of their care, each patient is presented with a length of leather personalized with their name spelled out in glass beads. As they undergo chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, they are rewarded at each treatment point with a one-of-a-kind glass Journey Bead that celebrates their progress and gives them strength and hope.

Every time they are facing another uncomfortable needle prick, or other procedure, their beads remind them of what they’ve already bravely endured. The beads also help children with cancer share their experiences in a tangible way with family, friends and other patients and serve as an ever-present visual reminder to take the journey one step, one bead, at a time.

Bronson Children’s Hospital Journey Beads are crafted with care by the hands of community artists, and each one is unique. In the hands of a child, they become precious keepsakes that tell a powerful story of strength, courage and hope.
Please Join Our Journey

Bronson Children’s Hospital Journey Beads program is supported by the Bronson Health Foundation through a grant funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as through individual community donations and in partnership with Glass Art Kalamazoo.

If you would like to support the Journey Bead program with a financial contribution, please contact the Bronson Health Foundation at (269) 341-8100, send an email to or click below to make an online donation. (If making an online donation, please write in “Bronson Journey Beads Program” in the box titled “Please leave any messages here.”.)