My wifes name is Michele Payne and she works at Wilford Hall Medical Hospital, USAF in San Antonio, TX. This is the largest Air Force medical facility in the World. She works in the Pediatric Hematology / Oncology ward which cares for kid’s ages 0-21 with all types of cancer, sickle cell disease, and brain tumors.
There is a program called Bravery Heart Beads. My wife runs this program out of our house and donates the beads to the kids. The website is www.braveryhearts.com/index.html
Here is an excerpt from the website:
"When a child begins their difficult journey with cancer, they are given a necklace with their name on it. As they undergo difficult treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, they receive special plastic or wooden beads, called Bravery Heart Beads, to commemorate these milestones.
For example, if they receive chemotherapy, they are awarded a multi-colored bead. If they have a lumbar puncture, they get a fuchsia bead (see enclosed bead legend). The children wear their beads proudly as necklaces or wristbands, or attached to toys, IV poles and sometimes parents.
The necklaces document and honor the experience of their cancer treatments, enabling the children to tell their unique story in a tangible, visual way. They become precious keepsakes that are viewed as medals or badges of courage. There is simply no easy way to describe the symbolic nature and power of the Bravery Hearts Bead program. "
The beads take the edge off of their long, hard, and painful treatment somewhat. Any time the kids come in for a treatment they know they are going to get another bead to put on there necklace. This gives them something to look forward to than just a needle stick, lumbar puncture, bone marrow aspiration, blood transfusion, chemotherapy, ect ………… Knowing they are going to get another bead helps take there mind away from the treatment. The kids all talk about there necklaces and compare them with each other. They call the necklaces their JOURNEY. You can look at the necklace and see what they have been through.
To get the beads for the kids she sells Red Bravery Heart Necklaces. The Necklaces are worn proudly to show the support for pediatric patients with cancer. They are high quality necklaces made with a glass heart and beads, metal wire construction and a lobster claw clasp. All money from the sale of the necklaces goes to fund the bead program and activities. Some of the activities they have are Easter parties, Valentines parties, Holiday parties…they also have a Prom. The kids have to have there own parties because they all have low immune systems and cannot fight infections found in the general population. They have an activity at least once a month on the floor.
Please support this program by purchasing a necklace to fund their beads.
My wife, her kids, and their parents thank you!
Payment may be made by Paypal +3% ($20.60 total. Paypal email is email@example.com)
Her website is home.gci.net/~paininc/home_006.htm
and has a secure checkout for Paypal.
check or money orders.
Payment can be made to:
1034 Ferdinand Drive
San Antonio, TX 78245