Bodies of Courage
“A Cancer Survivor’s Colorful Canvas hand painted into Beautiful Art”
A Healing Arts Project of Cancer Survivorship
“The primary goal of Faces of Courage & Bodies of Courage is to support and focus on developing strong positive attitudes in cancer patients during their treatment process and to strive toward recovery.”
Peggie Sherry, Founder/CEO-Survivor
In 2008 Artist Lisa Scholder, with the assistance of film producer Jim Webb of The Webb Works, hand painted her first breast Cancer Survivor.
The overwhelming response of her experience inspired Faces of Courage founder, Peggy Sherry, to collaborate with Lisa Scholder and Jim Webb to develop this into a “Healing Arts Project” which became Bodies of Courage and a subsidiary of Faces of Courage in 2010.
Faces of Courage, is a 17 year non profit 501(c)3 organization located in the Tampa Bay area that has served over 8,000 families by offering FREE CAMPS & EVENTS that are fun and non-judgmental to men, women, and children with cancer and blood illnesses.
To date, 49 Cancer Survivors have been painted, and the gallery of their photos has become a powerful expression of strength and beauty in survivorship.
Faces of Courage Foundation visit: https://facesofcourage.org
Each day thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer. To honor those survivors and promote hope to those suffering with the disease visionary artist Lisa Scholder created beautiful works of art which comprise the Bodies of Courage Collection.
All the models are actual breast cancer survivors who used their bodies as a canvas for Scholder’s art.
Each model is beautifully painted with an uplifting design that sparks not only beauty but portrays the courage these women faced in their fight against breast cancer. It proves that you can survive breast cancer and demonstrates how beautiful one’s body truly is.
Each model has an amazing story to tell. Stories of shock, disbelief, fear, disfiguring surgeries, harsh medical treatments and long recovery times. Their journeys have all taken their own paths but the common thread is their overwhelming courage and resolve to beat Breast Cancer….some more than once.
In 2010 Lisa Scholder approached Peggie Sherry, CEO of Faces of Courage Cancer Camps about doing a collaborative art project with the Faces of Courage Adult Women survivors. Neither Lisa or Peggie knew that this project would go on for 7 years and still continues today. Forty-nine women have been painted.
“These women endured so much and the best part is their determination and attitude. They can tell their story with their body through this artwork, and show how beautiful these women truly are. This is a little art project that grew wings and flew. Each model spends between 6-10 hours being painted and photographed. It is a day that transforms more than their bodies. Their Courage shines through each photo.” says Peggie D. Sherry, two time Breast Cancer Survivor and Founder/CEO of Faces of Courage.
Faces of Courage is a Tampa based 501 (c )3 that provides day outings, evening events and weekend camps for women, children and families touched by all cancers and blood disorders. All programs are provided at no cost to the participants.
For more information about Faces of Courage visit http://facesofcourage.org
Jim Webb of The Webb Works captured on video the process and interviewed many of the models.
You can see a seven minute video on the making of the Bodies of Courage photos on YouTube
Cancer is Serious, Camp is Serious Fun!!
FACES OF COURAGE FOUNDATION IS A 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT AGENCY AND ALL DONATIONS ARE DEDUCTIBLE TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE IRS TAX CODE. PURSUANT WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS ACT, CHAPTER 496, A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE 1-800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
10006 Cross Creek Blvd., #519, Tampa, FL 33647
Phone: (813) 948-7478
Join our mailing list at www.facesofcourage.org