Beads of courage marking Leeds children’s cancer journeys

Children and staff at the Candlelighters Pavilion at Leeds General Infirmary celebrate the launch of the 'beads of courage'.
Children and staff at the Candlelighters Pavilion at Leeds General Infirmary celebrate the launch of the 'beads of courage'.
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Courageous young cancer patients in Leeds are being given special coloured beads as symbols of their treatment.

The ‘beads of courage’ have been introduced at Leeds Children’s Hospital at Leeds General Infirmary so that youngsters can keep a record of their treatment. They receive a new bead each time they undergo a procedure.

The initiative began in the USA and has been led by the Be Child Cancer Aware charity. It aims to help children through procedures, from chemotherapy to blood transfusions.

Diane Watt, the charity’s treasurer, said: “We are sure that children, parents and care-givers will love the programme and that it will provide a tangible means of support through treatment and acknowledgement of the courage and bravery of the children.”

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