Cardea Beads - the support of a community for those facing cancer

Volunteer beadmakers, patients, their family and friends, are welcome to come and learn the process of glass beadmaking. Meet the artists who create the beads while you participate in the process and learn from our instructor, so you too can create beautiful glass beads.


The Program

Cardea Beads is a program designed to support families coping with cancer. Patients of all ages can tell their story, using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their treatment path. Patients receive/select one bead for each treatment and over time, beads collected can be made into a key chain, necklace, or bracelet. Each string of beads becomes a keepsake that tells a story of strength, courage and hope.

Patients, family members and friends are invited to come to the flameworking studio and create their own beads or donate their time to make beads for other patients. The Cardea Bead program creates a tangible expression of your loved one’s journey.

WSG provides training for volunteers, friends and family members. There is no minimum commitment for number of beads produced or hours volunteered.

Materials are provided at no cost to participants thanks to a grant from Lakeland Health Foundation. The Cardea Beads program is supported by Marie Yeager Cancer Center and Berrien County Cancer Service.

All are welcome to join us in the beadmaking studio on the last Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 pm:

Upcoming dates in the Water Street Glassworks Studio:
Thursday, April 25 - New Volunteers (includes bead instruction)
Thursday, May 9th (Volunteers with previous experience)

Contact Lynne at 269-925-5555 or for more information.