Beads of Courage

beadsThis program helps children cope with serious illness by recording and telling their personal story of survival and courage; using beads to show bravery and accomplishment. We currently have Beads of Courage programs for:

  • Hematology/Oncology patients
  • Patients with chronic illnesses
  • NICU patients

This program is free. Please contact a Child Life specialist to enroll.


The Child Life staff is committed to supporting families in their time of grief. We do this by offering:

  • A compassionate presence
  • Support regarding how to relay information to other family members
  • Memory making and legacy building projects to honor your child’s life

Monkey in My Chair

This is a program that keeps children with cancer connected with their classroom. Each child receives a “monkey kit,” which includes a big stuffed monkey that takes their place in school when they are unable to be there, along with other items.

This program is free. Please contact a Child Life specialist to enroll.

NICU Sibling Visits

Once a month, a Child Life specialist hosts a day for siblings to visit the NICU. Each child is prepared for what he/she can expect to see in the ICU by a Child Life specialist, and then escorted to the NICU for the visit.

After the sibling visit, parents may stay with their children in the NICU, while the visiting child can ask the specialist questions, then take part in a supervised playtime.

Pre-Op Tours

Pre-Op Tours are for children scheduled for surgery. The tours take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Please call 304-598-4365 to schedule your tour.

NOTE: In the event a WVU home football game is scheduled on the second or fourth Saturday, the tour date is moved to the Sunday following game day.

Teddy Bear Clinic

The Teddy Bear Clinic is a free event for all children to attend. Kids get to be the doctor and learn about different medical procedures. Every child that attends receives a free teddy bear, while supplies last.

Dates to be announced.