Bravery Beads

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Courage is a big word for a little person. And yet, every day some of the smallest members of our community show big physical, emotional and intellectual courage during treatments for acute and chronic conditions–everything from heart surgery to cancer treatment.

The Bravery Bead program recognizes the courage of children in the face of medical adversity. It begins as a child enters treatment at Grand River Hospital. Each kid is given a cord necklace with their name spelled using beads. From then on, every step of a child’s journey is marked with a bead on a necklace (or necklaces). Treatments, tests, pokes, procedures, hospital stays, significant events and other milestones are recorded in vivid colours and shapes on a wearable timeline that can stretch for metres and metres.

The Bravery Bead program at Grand River Hospital is funded solely by donation and distributes over 350 beads per year. 

MORE THAN A STRING OF BEADS: 

TRAIN, PLANE OR CAR BEAD: Travelled to get treatment

TEDDY BEAR BEAD: Spent time in isolation

PINK BALD BEAD: Lost hair to chemo

WOW BEAD: Did something they were afraid to do

HEART BEAD: Heart transplant

GOLDEN BEAD: Taken off life support

SPARKLY YELLOW DISCHARGE BEAD: Given when finally going home

COMPLETING PAYMENT

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TAX RECEIPTS

Tax receipts are automatically sent once you have completed the payment information and checked out on the site. If you do not see an email come through with your tax receipt please check your junk or spam email folders. Email subject line is Grand River Hospital Foundation Donation Receipt if you are searching for it.

If you still cannot find it please contact please contact Jesse Borden, Fulfillment Manager & Donor Advocate at 226-750-2074 or info@grhf.ca for support. 

When donating any information entered in the Billing Address fields on the payment screen will be used to generate an automatic tax receipt. If company name is added here the tax receipt will be issued to the company.

If you donation is in honour of a friend or loved one you can email a digital e-card directly upon making a donation.

E-cards are available for donations in memory and in celebration, and each e-card allows you to customize the message being sent. In order to send the e-card you would need to know the email address of the recepient.

On the completed payment screen you will see the available e-card options or you can click on this link and send a card and message directly.

The Foundation will only notify individuals on request. You can use the cart note functionality to provide a message and full contact details.