PHOTO: Dan Gascoigne of Dixon talks about the process in which he builds wooden barrels for the Beads of Courage campaign. The campaign gives colored beads to children as they battle cancer. Each bead represents a milestone in their fight. (Photos by Alex T. Paschalfirstname.lastname@example.org)
The program lets children choose a bright-colored bead every time they are treated, or hit a treatment milestone.
Each color is significant – white for a round of chemotherapy, yellow for an admission to the hospital, silver for a blood draw, brown for hair loss, even glow in the dark for radiation treatment. A child can accumulate hundreds, even thousands, before treatment is over.
And they need a special place to keep those keepsakes.
That’s where Gascoigne and his handmade barrels comes in.