“Bravery beads were an important part of keeping me brave as a young child at SickKids, and have continued to be an important part of keeping me brave even in the last four years, as I have spent a great amount of time admitted on many floors as an adolescent. IV pokes, blood work, and emergency room visits don't get any easier as you get older so having a bead to count on at the end of the day has kept me strong throughout some of my weakest moments. A few weeks ago after turning 18 and graduating from SickKids, I received my final goodbye bead. I'll hold onto that bead, and all my many others, forever!” In May 2002, Women’s Auxiliary Volunteers partnered with Child Life Specialists to launch the Bravery Bead program at SickKids. For 15 years, the beads have been given to children to tell their personal journey through treatment. Each bead represents something different that a child goes through at the hospital: procedures, holidays, birthdays or doing something particularly difficult.