KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Students at a Kokomo high school are making beads to help young cancer patients tell the stories of their illness.
MaryAnne Dishon's jewelry-making class at Taylor High School got the idea as part of a national project called Beads for Courage. The effort was founded by a pediatric oncology nurse in Arizona.
The Kokomo Tribune reports each color of bead represents a different step along the journey, such as chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions and hair loss.
Dishon says her students can relate to the project because nearly all of them know someone who has had cancer.
The art teacher said she wants her students to make their beads with meaning and purpose.
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