7000 Bracelets of Hope

November 13, 2012 , In: General

Are you familiar with the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope campaign?  Many of us
bead makers and jewelry designers are.  It’s a bracelet program for
people or families who suffer rare genetic diseases.  Here’s a bit of
information directly from their donation page:

“Cause bracelets have been available for breast cancer and heart
disease but there has never been a unifying symbol, color or bracelet
that represents the rare and genetic disease community.  That’s why we
started the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope™ campaign.
Since launching the campaign in 2010, Global Genes has received
thousands of unique blue themed bracelet designs made from everything
from cut strips of recycled denim to vintage blue glass to turquoise
stones. The creativity from our volunteers is truly inspiring!

The number 7,000 represents the 7,000 different rare diseases that
impact 1 in 10 people, 30 million Americans and 350 million globally. 
Each individual blue bracelet design we receive represents the
uniqueness of one of the 7,000 rare diseases and many of our volunteers
send in multiple copies of a single design.

Our goal is to continue to collect unique bracelets made by jewelry
designers, artists, crafters, church groups, girl scout troops and other
volunteers and distribute them to our families fighting rare and
genetic diseases. Adults receive handcrafted bracelets made by our
jewelry designers while children receive love friendship bracelets
filled with hope.”

I was contacted by Lisa James (Manager of Community Development for Global Genes/Rare) and asked if I would host a blog hop, as they are in need of
at least 40 bracelets right now!  I said YES!  While I’d love to get
more than 40 participants, or 40 bracelets, let’s just do our best to
get close to that number!

Here are the details:

1.  Sign up on my blog HERE before November 21.  Why that date?  I don’t know…it’s just a random date.  I’d like to be able to eventually publish a list of participants but I’ll take participants for the whole entire time!

2.  Go to their donation page so you can sign up, and get the address to send the bracelets too, and instructions!  The bracelet should be blue, and the clasp should be somewhat adjustable as you don’t know the wrist size of the person receiving your bracelet.

3.  Make a blue bracelet, and on November 25th we’ll have a blog hop and reveal the bracelets we made!  Oh, and you CAN make more than one!  My friend Patti Vanderbloemen recently donated 75 bracelets to the annual Global Genes Gala in LA!  Talk about dedication!

So simple!  If you have any questions please ask me.  If I can’t direct you to the answer, I will direct you to Lisa James.   

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
  1. Reply

    Great project Sue and if I hadn't just sent of a box of bracelets to Global Genes I'd be joining you. Hope you get a great response.

  2. Reply

    Should be a blast of blue!

    • sswan
    • November 13, 2012

    Lovely project, I'm signing up now.

  3. Reply

    Giving back, I like that, I'm in.

  4. Reply

    I'm up for it. There must be some blue beads around here somewhere…..let me look.

  5. Reply

    I'm signing up – I have a lot of blue Earthbutter beads and it will give me the greatest pleasure to make a bracelet for this cause. Desiree Malan, Earthbutter Studio, South Africa.

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