Courtney Hicks, an 8-year-old survivor of Neurofibromatosis, and a Johns Hopkins Patient Ambassador, is now a part of the fight against childhood cancer. Earlier this summer, she ran a Triathlon in memory of her friend and mentor, Mackenzie. Her bravery and courage inspired Courtney to showcase her own Beads of Courage. For every medical treatment our young cancer patients complete, they are given handmade beads, which represent their personal journey. Beads collected throughout the recovery process become a symbol of challenges faced and a life forever changed.
As an Ambassador Courtney has a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness and educate the community about childhood cancer. Courtney’s father, Christopher Hicks, a member of the Pediatric Oncology Advisory Council, created Courtney’s Fund to increase support for the Pediatric Oncology Child Life Program and was the initial funder of the Beads of Courage Program at Johns Hopkins.