McCabe to carry ‘beads of courage’ at Tour of California

When Travis McCabe (Holowesko Citadel p/b Hincapie) lines up at the AMGEN Tour of California he’ll not only be looking to deliver stage wins but also inspiration to children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, as part of the “Carry A Bead” program.

McCabe and other members of his team — the first professional cyclists to be part of the program — will carry 100 beads during the AMGEN Tour of California’s eight stages. Each will be packaged with a signed note and given to children undergoing treatment in recognition of their courage.

“It’s an honor to contribute my small part to an organization with such a huge mission,” McCabe said. “While standing on the podium is my goal, inspiring a child undergoing treatment to stay strong will be a big win.”

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Travis McCabe and Robin Carpenter (Holowesko/Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear) ride in the break at Tour of Gila Stage 5.

The Beads of Courage organization connects athletes with children, teens and their families to provide support during treatment. Beads of Courage is implemented in more than 260 children’s hospitals in eight countries.

“The Carry A Bead program provides a way to honor the never-give-up attitude that children facing serious illness demonstrate every day,” said Beads of Courage executive director Jean Gribbon. “We’re thrilled at Travis’ willingness to share the fortitude and commitment necessary to be a professional cyclist, and be a source of inspiration to those facing difficult circumstances.”

The AMGEN Tour of California begins in San Diego on May 15 and ends May 22 in Sacramento, Calif. The race is broadcast daily on NBCSN and attracts top professional cyclists from around the world.

The Carry A Bead program is not limited to professional athletes. Anyone can support the organization by obtaining a Carry A Bead kit on the Beads of Courage website.