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A few people can make a very big difference and Los Alamos youth rate at the top of the heap. Local Key Club member Kelsey Souza leads the charge in an effort to raise funds for Beads of Courage.Beads of Courage is a non-profit organization started by Tucson, Ariz., nurse Jean Baruch in March 2005. She saw children suffering from cancer, blood disorders, cardiac conditions as well as traumatic burn injuries, and other long term diseases, and wanted a way to make their treatment in the hospital more positive. The nurses at hospitals with the Beads of Courage Program provide patients with a bead for each part of their treatment and for every procedure, from a finger poke to chemotherapy to an ambulance ride. By the end of their treatment, the children have strings of thousands of beads that show exactly what they have been through and a purple heart bead signifying the completion of treatment.Souza, a senior at Los Alamos High School, met with the program director Christy Puetz while in Mesa, Ariz., during winter break as part of a Key Club Southwest District Board meeting.The Southwest Board consists of students from New Mexico, Arizona and El Paso, Texas.
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