Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® and Beads of Courage® put patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in driver's seat on Friday, Jan. 18

January 17, 2013

Star Monster Jam Drivers Allison Patrick and Joey Parnell Visit Patients and Distribute Monster Jam Bead of Courage ®

Who: Allison Patrick, driver of Samson
Joey Parnell, driver of Superman™
Patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

When: Friday, Jan. 18, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

What: Allison Patrick, driver of Samson and Joey Parnell, driver of Superman™ will join Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to celebrate the crushing power of courage and confidence with Monster Jam Bead of Courage®! Patients will be able to spend one-on-one time with Patrick and Parnell, receive autographs and take photos. In addition, Patrick and Parnell will sit with the patients and help them create their Monster Jam Thriller Necklace – including the official Monster Jam Bead of Courage ® and 8 other symbolic beads to further encourage the children during their challenging journey. Patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin are among the FIRST in North America in 2013 to receive the Monster Jam Bead of Courage ® - recognizing the importance of courage and confidence to conquer their fears!

Why: Beads of Courage® and Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® have joined forces for the second consecutive year to provide the Monster Jam Bead of Courage®. The bead is packaged with a note of encouragement explaining the symbolism of the bead and an autograph page for the driver to make it "official." To add to the experience, each Monster Jam Bead of Courage ® is packaged with 8 other beads that provide further encouragement to patients – creating the Beads of Courage Monster Jam Thriller Necklace. Beads will be given to patients at hospitals spanning NINE states nationwide and Canada and will include Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee; The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa; Edinburg Children's Hospital in Edinburg; Children's Hospital of San Antonio in San Antonio; University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital in Minneapolis; Texas Children's Hospital in Houston; The Children's Hospital in Denver; Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta; University of New Mexico Children's Hospital in Albuquerque; OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City; Children's Medical Center in Dallas; Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit; Providence Hospital in El Paso; Renown Medical Center in Reno and Women's and Children's Hospital in Lafayette.

Where: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 9000 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Media are asked to park in the circle drive at Children's Corporate (999 North 92nd St., Wauwatosa) and walk to the front entrance of Children's Hospital where they will be escorted to the visit.

About Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that strengthens resilience and helps children coping with serious illness through innovative arts-in-medicine programs. Through the Beads of Courage Program, children are given beads to represent significant treatment milestones during their journey. Beads of Courage programs have supported over 30,000 children and their families in over 100 hospitals worldwide. Every bead tells a story of strength, honor and hope. More information is available at www.beadsofcourage.org.