Please read, listen and read about Beads of Courage and visit their blog to learn some individual stories. Then pass on the link to people you know who can be helped by this information themselves--or have friends or relatives in need of it.
And, consider donating or challenging a few friends to donate with you--perhaps in memory of someone.
Here is a list of Hospitals that Support Beads of Courage.
The story of how it all started is also found in this article, Beads of Hope, in Ladies Home Journal