Beads of Courage, is a nonprofit that provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs to transform the treatment experience for children coping with serious illness. Through the Beads of Courage, children receive a unique bead to represent each procedure or treatment. For example, a red bead for each blood transfusion, a yellow bead for each night in the hospital, a star bead for surgery, a white bead for chemotherapy. Their collection of beads becomes a tangible record of their journey.

The Chicago Woodturners will embark on a journey of our own. Each member is encouraged to turn a wooden box to be donated to the Beads of Courage program. In the Chicago area there are several hospitals that participate in the program. It is our hope to invite a representative from one or more of the hospitals and present them with many beautiful and functional boxes.

In order to sufficiently hold beads, turned boxes need to be no smaller than 6 inches, (yes 6), in diameter. Larger is ok. If possible, engrave or burn "Beads of Courage" on the lid. Make lids easily removable. Finials or knobs should be easy for a small child to grasp and not to elaborate or pointed. Pop fit or threaded lids are both acceptable. Keep in mind humidity will play a role in long the long term fit of the lid.
President Al Miotke will start collection of the turned boxes at the February meeting. In April we will plan to present the boxes to representatives of the participating hospital. Please join our efforts to make this another outstanding program for the Chicago Woodturners.

 Examples of boxes dontated by attendees of SWAT 2012


SWAT Donations


History of CWT

CWT members dontated more than 1600 pens to the "Pens For Troops" project. The pens were donated by 30 members and 20 sponsers.

Members also donate generously to the Empty Bowls project at Oakton College.