Magazine contributor recognized as local hero

Here at Bead&Button, we often hear that people come to beading as a result of going through a difficult time. For many, an accident or illness (of their own or a loved one) that requires a lot of downtime leaves an opening for a quiet, meditative practice, and beading proves to be just the remedy they need to get through the trauma.

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Helen Lamb-Orendorf, who has contributed to Bead&Button magazine and currently has a project in our Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry special issue (pictured here), has seen firsthand the therapeutic power of beading through the volunteer work she does at The Caring Place, a program run by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

"It takes them someplace else when they're having chemotherapy and radiation. Their bodies are going through a lot but their minds are going through a lot," Lamb-Orendorf said. "They can come here and they can forget that because they're creating something very, very beautiful."

Lamb-Orendorf has been teaching beading classes at The Caring Place for about five years and recently won a Heroes award from her local NBC station in Las Vegas. You can read more about Helen and The Caring Place here. Congratulations, Helen, and keep up the good work!

– Julia Gerlach
Editor, Bead&Button magazine

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