Palermo Foundation Kicks off “Beads of Courage” Project


LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A story of how something small can make a big  impact on a sick child. A child  who may be in the fight of his or her life they are called “Beads of Courage”. It brings together first responders and kids and a simple message: “You are not alone”..
   The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick with the story.

It may not look like much but it could mean the world to a sick child.

“These children are in a battle for  their lives.We go out and do battle everyday and are in danger but these children are in a much bigger battle.” Said Chief Donald Leshko, Hazleton Fire Chief

But they don’t have to go it alone. So the Palermo Heart to Heart Foundation based in Hazleton is once again putting out the call for help to  first responders all across our region. They can wear a bead while on duty and then send it along with an inspirational note to a sick child..

“It’s when they’re not having a good day they understand they are not alone in their journey.” Said Dave Palermo, Palermo Heart to Heart Foundation,

Eyewitness News is a proud supporter of the Beads of  Courage project. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick was honored to help launch the project’s third year. Firefighter Tom Heffers takes part in the effort and recently heard back from a family who”s daughter  received a bead that he wore on duty.

“A nice heartfelt note from a mom saying how much the bead made a difference in her daughter’s life. It’s actually a centerpiece of a necklace that she wore through her last chemotherapy.” said Tom Heffers, Hazleton Firefigher.

“The kit costs 20 dollars. It’s a small donation towards making a difference in a child’s life.” added Dave Palermo

The Beads of Courage program has reached thousands of children  at hospitals all Across the Commonwealth since it began three years ago. all totaled that number stands at around 60,000 kids nationwide

Learn more about the Palermo Foundation

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