"It's such a great way for the kids to show their journey," said Brittany Metcalf, a child life specialist at Upstate's Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders. "It is a tangible way to show what they have been through."
Upstate has about 70 patients enrolled in the program.
The Wellwood students each made one bead to donate and one to keep for themselves; however, some students opted to donate both of their beads and others made a third bead to be donated.
"This really got them thinking about something outside of themselves. They really grasped how important this was for these other children," Sweeney said.
Go to the Beads of Courage web site, beadsofcourage.org, for more information about the program or to find out how to donate beads. Beads should not be sent to the individual hospitals participating in the program.