Beading the Way

to a happier and healthier recovery

We are a nonprofit organization which provides a specialized art beading program to women and children in hospitals and outpatient cancer centers.


Recognizing the need for innovative effective and healthy distractions, our mission was to research, design and implement a program to create a happy, healthy environment for our “special clients” through artistic expression. Our certified volunteers work at the bedside of women and children in hospitals and cancer centers hand-crafting silver and glass necklaces, key-chains, earrings and anklets.


Years young


Hospitals and
Cancer centers


smiling patients

In the News

Our organization has been recognized in the community for our innovative programs and our commitment to serving others. We are honored and hope you enjoy reading some of our achievements.


Our program has helped reach over 250,000 women and children recovering in Hospitals and Cancer Centers in the Eastern United States. It is our goal to continue expanding our program across the country. Learn how you can help

Hospitals and Facilities We've Served:

  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s, St Petersburg Florida
  • Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark New Jersey
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Camp Fatima, New Jersey
  • Camp Happy Times (Valerie Fund) NJ, PA
  • Carbondale Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility
  • Children’s Hospital of Boston
  • Forest City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Goryeb Children’s Medical Center
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Lukow Pavillion in Ridgewood New Jersey
  • NEPA Breast Cancer Center, PA
  • Tisch Hospital / NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Memphis Tennessee
  • Tomorrows Children Institute
  • Valley Hospital in Ridgewood New Jersey
  • Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital


*Lonakana is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Lonakana is a special retreat dedicated to women and children battling cancer. It will provide a peaceful environment to promote healing and brighten spirits at no cost to its guests. Managed by a team of professional caregivers and compassionate volunteers, Lonakana Retreat will offer its guests the chance to rest, relax and make memories.


Silly Milly

Internationally famous, and world renowned smiles advocate, Silly Milly has been helping the Portable Playhouse in their mission to bring smiles to every child recovering in hospitals.

Companies large or small can acquire Silly Milly dolls to give out to the recovering children. view photo of Silly Milly

– Small donation of $25.00 (shipping included)
– Manufactured by Gund, Inc.
– Call us at 201-914-1404 for more details

Ways to Help

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi




*Volunteer positions are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Please check back for volunteer updates

Welcome, and thank you so much for interest in becoming a Volunteer. The Volunteer position is a weekly commitment one morning a week for 45 weeks. Each volunteer in our organization is required by the hospital to complete a volunteer program which includes: Child life Training Program, Updated Immunizations, Criminal Background Check, Health & Safety Program.
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The Adopt-A-Hospital program is designed to provide the opportunity for businesses to “adopt” our therapeutic art program in their chosen hospital. The program’s funding is tiered to accommodate the different size hospitals and is tailored so that all size businesses can participate. ($3,000 to $5,000 per year)
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Donations can be made in your name, or someone else’s name, and a lovely gift card will be sent to the individual or individual’s family, acknowledging that a donation has been made in their name.

Secure online donation:
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*all donations are tax deductible*