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Below are some past events that were of benefit to the cause of Bodies of Courage.
When possible, we have linked to a story, video or website.


1st Annual Face of Courage Top Golf Tournament

Golfer or first timer, please consider putting together a team and coming out for this unique fundraiser for Faces of Courage Cancer Camps.
We need all of you to help us spread the word. Please forward this email to your mailing lists.
It’s going to be an exciting event and we hope to see you all there.


Women of Color Cancer Retreat  May 17-19 2019

Brand NEW CAMPERS may now register for our Women of Color camp. Returning CAMPERS may register starting March 25.

To register send an email to psherry@facesofcourage.org include your: first/last name, mailing address, and phone number.

An application packet will be emailed to you to complete.

Please share this information with other cancer survivors. We have many levels of sponsorship available for this camp.

Contact me for more details.

Update: March 27th — 

THE WOMEN OF COLOR CAMP IS NOW FULL. We will be creating a waiting list. If you are interested in attending this camp and have not already sent in your information you are able to get on the Waiting List by sending me your first/last name, home mailing address and phone number. If someone is unable to attend we will contact those on the waiting list and offer the spots to them in the order the list is taken.


Santa’s Workshop Weekend

Santa’s Workshop Weekend November 30 – December 2, 2018

Sponsored by Tampa Carrollwood Rotary

For Children with Cancer, Blood Disorders and their well sibling ages 2-12 years old at Rotary’s Camp FL    1915 Camp FL Road, Brandon 33510

Need Individuals and Groups to Help Santa.
Each year Faces of Courage hosts children ages 2-12 who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer, sickle cell or hemophilia and their well siblings.

At this camp, Santa opens a Special Santa’s Shop for the children to come in and use their ‘free’ Reindeer Bucks to shop for holiday gifts for their Moms, Dads, Siblings, Pets, Favorite Doctor and Nurses.

Elves Needed! Elves Needed! (Volunteer opportunities)
Santa is in need of short term elves for the holiday season. Due to a labor shortage, elves are needed for the Santa Workshop Weekend. Santa offers a great benefits package of food, candy and lots of hugs and smiles. Please apply at Faces of Courage today!

The time has come to sign up to volunteer for the 17th Annual Santa’s Workshop Weekend.

In order to sign up you need to know the following:

1. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. No visitors or volunteers under 16 please.
2. You need to RSVP with your Name, Address, Age, Email Address and Phone Number
3. We only have a limited number of jobs and they go FAST.
4. If you are a student who needs volunteer hours verified please bring you paperwork with you to camp.
5. It may take me days to get back to you with a confirmation.
6. All the weekend activities for the Santa’s Camp are held at Rotary’s Camp FL 1915 Camp FL Road, Brandon, FL 33510

Holiday costumes, hats and decorations encouraged.
Faces of Courage Foundation provides life enriching experiences to kids, women & families touched by cancer. Santa and Faces of Courage would love for you to become one of our elves at this wonderful weekend for kids with cancer and blood disorders…and their siblings.
Yes, the weekend is designed for the entire family.
Mom & Dad drop off the kids and get the weekend off… and we get play games, make new friends, eat yummy food, and entertain some amazing children while our amazing Doctors and Nurses take care of their medical needs.

Check out the list of Elf Positions available:
Need Now:
Marketing Elves ~ need help spreading the word on Facebook please like us and share our posts to cancer families, doctors, hospitals, support groups that treat pediatric cancer, sickle cell or hemophilia. If you work for a hospital or Doctors office please volunteer to hand out flyers to you eligible families. Email me for a camp flyer.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28 AT 3pm – 7pm
Moving Elves ~ 10 Volunteers to pack up camping items from Storage at iStorage 203 Providence Road units B31 and B37 (BEHIND the B Building) on Wednesday, November 28, at 3pm. Unload at camp around 5’ish. Vans, trucks, and large cars and strong volunteers are a great help.

THURSDAY, NOV. 29 AT 5pm – 7pm
Decorating and set up Elves ~ We will be decorating camp, setting up tables, unloading food and getting the facility ready for Friday. Need 10 volunteers to help get the job done.

Santa’s Workshop Gift Drop Off
If you have gifts to donate to our Santa’s Shop, please bring them to camp Thursday, Nov. 29 between 5pm-7pm or Friday, November 30 from 4pm -7pm

FRIDAY NIGHT, November 30
Parking lot helpers ~ 10 volunteers starting at 4pm – 7:30pm to direct traffic in parking lot.

Luggage Wranglers ~ 6 people to help families unload vehicles and direct them to our registration tables in Publix Hall from 4:30pm – 7pm

Registration Elves ~ 8 volunteers to meet and greet campers and their families and get them registered

Kitchen Elves ~ 4 volunteers to wash and prep food, cook meals, serve campers, clean kitchen and dining area. Friday 4pm – 8pm

Morning Buddy Elves ~ 50 volunteers. These elves join us for only the Saturday morning activities, they buddy up with a kid and assure that he/she gets to all activities and meals. Needed on Saturday from 8:30 am until noon. Will meet in the Publix Hall.

All Day Buddy Elves ~ 30 Volunteers work from 8:30am until 5:30pm

Kitchen Elves ~ Wash and prep food, cook meals, serve campers, clean kitchen and dining area

6-9am – 4 volunteers
10-2pm – 4 volunteers
4-8pm – 4 volunteers

Activity Elves ~ elves needed to coordinate fishing (2), canoeing (2), archery (2), playground (4), Face painting (4) and basketball (2). Hair (2) Nails (2) Photographers (3) Saturday 8:30am – noon.

Water Safety Elves ~ 2 certified lifeguard elves needed. Saturday, 8:30am – noon.

Santa’s Workshop Elves ~ 15 volunteers set up Santa’s Shop, organize and display gifts, help children choose presents, and wrapping and bagging gifts.

Kitchen Elves ~ Wash and prep food, cook meals, serve campers, clean kitchen and dining area
6-9am – 4 volunteers

Sunday Breakdown Team ~ Ten elves needed to assist with cleanup of cabins, packing and moving back to storage 10am – 2pm.

Weekend Kitchen Staff ~ 8 volunteers work all weekend in Kitchen

Overnight Elves ~ 30 volunteers 17 years and older are assigned to either a boy’s/girl’s cabin and are responsible for coordinating assigned kids activities. Monitoring their assigned campers for the weekend. Must be able to pass background check. If you are planning on being an overnight Elf.

Cabin essentials ~ individual wrapped soaps, new toothbrushes, tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant, Q-tips, single fitted/loose sheets, towels, blankets and clean sleeping bags

Gifts for Santa’s Shop
Because of the overwhelming shortage of elves this past year, Santa is hoping you could collect and donate those: new or “recyclable” gifts or that are new or almost new and taking up closet space in your home.  Santa holds a special Workshop so that the 80 campers diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell, hemophilia and their well siblings can shop for gifts with their free reindeer bucks. New/Regiftable items (for siblings, Moms, Dads, pets, favorite Doctor/Nurse). Teen gifts are always in short supply.

Wrapping paper, scissors, ribbon, bows and scotch tape are in great demand too.

Gift Cards Needed
Gift cards to Target, Gas, Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, and Publix are a big help to our families.

Donate -We are also looking for individuals, social group or businesses to sponsor:

Title sponsor Tampa Carrollwood Rotary

Cabin sponsor $5,000. (six cabins)

Sponsor a dinner $1,500. (two dinners Friday or Saturday)

Sponsor a lunch $1,000. (one lunch Saturday)

Sponsor a breakfast $750. (two breakfasts Saturday or Sunday)

Sponsor the camper/volunteer t-shirts $2,500.

Sponsor a camper for the weekend $250.

Sponsor a bouncing house $200.

Lifeguard/Lakefront $150.

Hope sponsor $100.

Archery sponsor $75.

Give us a call to volunteer or donate:
Faces of Courage
10006 Cross Creek Blvd., 519
Tampa, FL 33647

(813) 948-7478
Peggie D. Sherry email psherry@facesofcourage.org
We need your support
Sponsorship opportunities still available!!


Santas Workshop


Women of Color Cancer Retreat 2018

Registration for the 2018 Women of Color Cancer Camp is closed.
This camp is open to any women who has been diagnosed with any type of cancer.
This sleepover Women’s Camp is provided at no cost to the participants.
If you are interested in attending this weekend camp please send me your First and Last Name, Mailing Address and Phone Number. This camp is open on a first come, first serve basis.
E-mail Psherry@facesofcourage.org or call 813.948.7478


Women of Color Cancer Retreat


1st Annual FOC Top Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

Sunday, July 22, 2018  11:30AM- 4PM

To purchase tickets: https://www.facesofcourage.org/events


4th Annual “It’s Too Hot” Music Fest at Skippers Smokehouse

It's Too Hot Music Fest Events

7/15/2018    3 PM- 9 PM

Join us for our Fun 4th Annual It’s Too Hot Music Festival.
Enjoy our Fantastic 6 of Tampa Bay’s Best Bands! All coming together to support Faces of Courage Foundation’s FREE Cancer Camps and Programs.​

Sponsored by Skipper’s Smokehouse at the SKIPPERDOME and Presented by the Soul Circus Cowboys!

Featured Line up and Amazing Talent include:  John Johnson, Retribution, Ronnie D & The Superstars, Soul Circus Cowboys, Phoenix, Magnum Opus  Big Raffle Prizes!

910 Skipper R, Tampa, FL 33613



Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Mad Hatters Tea

Have I gone Mad? I’m afraid so. Your entirely bonkers, but I will tell you a secret ALL THE BEST PEOPLE ARE.

Are you quite mad too? Join us for an Alice in Wonderland themed Tea, Brunch with Mimosas June 10, 2018 Empress Tea Room 12924 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, doors open at 11am……don’t be late for this important date.

Dress as your favorite Alice in Wonderland character or don your Mad Hatter style hat for this astonishing extravaganza fundraiser for Faces of Courage Cancer Camps!

If you are not one of us, not quite mad just bring your camera and enjoy the rest of us.

VIP tickets (table of six with signage) are $500, Individual (open seating) tickets are $50.

Brunch, Tea and Mimosa included in ticket price.

Silent auction items, costume/hat contest.

To purchase tickets: https://www.facesofcourage.org/events

* Notice: Memorial Day Ticketing sale has been extended until midnight, Friday, June 1st, 2018. * 


May 13, 2018

50th Cancer Survivor Body Painted for Charity on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13, 2018, Tiffany Makedah Francisco flew from Southern California to Tampa to become a human canvas for abstract Artist, Lisa Scholder, and become the 50th Cancer Survivor to be body painted for the Bodies of Courage Art Collection. This healing-in-art project was a collaboration started in 2010 between Artist, Lisa Scholder, and Peggie D. Sherry, Founder/CEO of the Faces of Courage Foundation, which for over 17 years has been a Tampa based 501 (c)3 nonprofit that provides (free of charge) day outings, educational events and weekend camps for adults, children, and families touched by cancer and blood disorders.

“Cancer broke my heart, challenged my inner warrior, and scarred my body…
Bodies of Courage and Lisa Scholder provided a healing balm for my soul.”
Carol C., Survivor-Model

Bodies of Courage is an “Artistic Visual Testimony” to the strength of these courageous Cancer Survivors and for the past 8 years, Artist Lisa Scholder has transformed the lives of 49 survivors.

“This project has given them the self-empowerment and determination enabling them to see their bodies as a colorful unique piece of art.
            It’s their Celebration of Life!”   – 
Lisa Scholder, Artist

Our Bodies of Courage 50th Cancer Survivor to be painted, Tiffany Makedah Francisco, is the former lead singer of Rose Royce, known for their 1976 hit “Car Wash” which won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and also an American comedy film released by Universal Pictures.

Past Events - Tiffany

“I’m excited about my body shame being gone!! I’ve never done anything like this
so I am Honored to have been called to something like this.”
Tiffany Makedah Francisco, Survivor-Model

Bodies of Courage 50th Cancer Survivor-Model Body Painting took place May 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Tampa and was video-taped by Jim Webb of The Webb Works, Tampa.

Watch a 7 min. video on the making of the Bodies of Courage

For Survivor Stories &  Bodies of Courage  Art Gallery visit: https://www.bodiesofcourage.org/survivors-and-stories/
Faces of Courage Foundation visit: https://facesofcourage.org

Media/Viewing: Bodies of Courage  50th Cancer Survivor’s Body-Painting   05-13-2018 10 am Eastern:
Contact: Peggie D. Sherry, CEO/Founder
Faces of Courage, Inc.
10006 Cross Creek Blvd., #519, Tampa, FL 33647
Tel: (813) 9487478; Cell (813) 389 9339; Fax: (813) 354-2619
EM: psherry@facesofcourage.org


Decmber 5, 2017

Fox13’s Linda Hurtado wins an Emmy Award for her story on Bodies of Courage.

Read Linda’s Facebook post about the story and the Emmy award.

Linda Hurtado’s Emmy Award