FACES OF COURAGE FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.95 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: TransWorld Building 4115 West Spruce Street Tampa FL 33607

Mission: Mission Statement Faces of Courage Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit cancer patient support organization, dedicated to providing, free of charge, programs emphasizing practical education; life coping strategies; and improved self esteem; through non-threatening, engaging, and recreational outings and overnight camps, including culturally relevant programs for minorities, which encourage a sense of “community” rather than isolation, with a primary goal of helping the cancer patient navigate their way through the treatment process and to thrive as a survivor.
Results: We currently have over 3,000 camper families enrolled and served with programs over 1,500 campers last year.
Target demographics: Faces of Courage provides, at no cost, day outings and overnight camps for women, children and families touched by cancer and blood disorders.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,500 campers diagnosed with cancer and their immediate family members.
Geographic areas served: Florida and beyond
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-0584489
813-877-2267
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Faces of Courage provides special and sometimes unbelievable experiences for those the Foundation serves. As a high school counselor and the sponsor of an honor society, I coordinate numerous opportunities for my students to volunteer with Faces of Courage. Volunteering with this organization is a life-changing experience for many students. They see such joy in the faces of the children they encounter at the camnps! In an essay, one of my students wrote: "Since the 10th grade, I have been volunteering for Faces of Courage (FOC). Every December, FOC has sponsored “Santa’s Workshop Weekend,” a camp for children from ages three to 12 who have been ‘touched’ by cancer in some way. For a weekend, a community of children gathers for fun and games. Each year, I have played the role as a ‘buddy elf,’ in which I am to pair up with a child and be his/her own little ‘elf’ for the day. I have been Thai ’s buddy elf for three years and running. A mutual relationship: He looks up to me—I serve him. The climax of the event was the actual Santa’s workshop. These exceptional children were given the chance to enter “Santa’s workshop” where they shopped for toys and other gifts. However, the motive to enter the paradise was unique. Anyone that goes into the Santa’s workshop can only select gifts for their friends and family. I admired this wonderful intention: giving to others produced loving appreciation for everyone. My heart was touched by the level of consideration by all. Even the rowdy, messy-haired kid managed to get the gift of his sister’s dreams. In the workshop, I helped Thai carry his selections. As he walked up and down each aisle he verbally asked himself what everyone would like this Christmas. I felt pride in my support of an organization that promotes these selfless acts of compassionate consideration. ...I was able to make a positive impact on not just Thai. That little boy represented every kid with cancer—to bring a smile to his face was working toward the goal to bring happiness to them all."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of the children it serves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probaly crash and burn! Peggie Sherry, who runs it now, is a superwoman and nobody could ever begin to fill her shoes!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the never-ending dedication of the volunteers and the committment they make.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build the most amazing camp in the world, provide enriching experiences for every kid with cancer, and provide creative support for women with breast cancer.

Ways to make it better...

there was more money to do more with!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, money and money!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Faces of Courage rocks!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

The Faces of Courage Foundation has shown true dedication to helping make a difference in the lives of children coping with cancer and other blood disorders like sickle cell anemia. I appreciate the earnest efforts and community networking they have extended to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Upper Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando Counties, Inc. On many occasions their commitment has brought joy to our clients. Thank you for all you do Faces of Courage. Sincerely, Naomi L. Mathews

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

action reaching out to other organizations in order to benefit children coping with sickle cell anemia.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the true commitment of caring.

Ways to make it better...

I had taken the time to volunteer for an event where I could help the youth via counseling or motivating.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2009-4-01

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10 people found this review helpful

This is a compassionate and caring foundation. Where else could 90 plus children and women have the benefit of being offered a camp where they can forget about cancer for an entire weekend. A weekend packed with activities, and for the children a parade; new friendships, and developing life long friends. Without support from the community and the wonderful fund raising opportunities, the camps can not be made possible to these brave women and children, some in the battle for their life. Think what you would want if this opportunity came into your life. Won't you help support a camper, and allow them the opportunity to "forget about life for a while". (Billy Joel)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the look in the eyes of the children and the women who attend, and their family members at the end of the weekend when they come to collect the tired but grateful campers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Follow in Peggie Sherry's shadow. She is an excellent role model for a compassionate manager of a terrific non-profit organisation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

There is always something new to learn and more and more fund raising opportunities brainstormed, each more successful than the last.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Survivors, teens who wanted to make a difference by being counselors and volunteers, and people who were just generous of heart in giving of themseleves.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send more campers to camp, have more day camps in the summer, pay it forward.

Ways to make it better...

The weekend would have lasted another two weeks.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Raising and keeping sufficient funds to match the number of campers who want to attend, but we are limited only by what is shared by those who have generous hearts and resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Faces of Courage Rocks.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I thank God for Faces of Courage. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was feeling terribly alone. I am a single parent with no spouse or significant other to be my shoulder to cry or count on. Faces of Courage was there to give me strength, make me laugh again and make me feel special. I attended several events and also their camp for survivors, all for free. Every experience was a positive one for me. Thank God they are there for me and for so many others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how it helps cancer survivors in so many ways without ever asking for anything in return

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask Peggy to be my right hand.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I always come away with a smile on my face.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so generous in thought and deed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help even more people like me.

Ways to make it better...

I knew the organization could help more people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

always trying to get the funds to keep the activities happening.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Faces of Courage was the best thing that came out of having cancer. I met wonderful people and have such good memories.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I love this group and what it stands for.Anyone man or woman can come get help. Mostly you can get love, lots of it anytime day or night. You make so many friends and learn so much about whatever you are going through.I came as a client and became a volunteer from my heart,for the adults and the children. If you want to feel good hang around this group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen people's spirits lifted and a new attitude gained.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

If I am able to share with more people the reason sponsoring this group is greatly needed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2008-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered for many other organizations but this one is by far my favorite and the one that has impacted me personally the most. I have been volunteering here since I started high school (I have graduated from college now!) and every time I go I always feel touched and feel inspired by all the children at the camp. What I have gotten out of volunteering here is more than what I have contributed! Peggy is by far the most amazing individual I have ever met. She has helped innumerable people in regards to everything. She truly is remarkable and has made this organization a huge success!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting children who have taught me so much

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help bring a smile on so many children and women's faces...a smile is priceless

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I met Peggy at our Plastic Surgeon office, we became bestfriends after that, I started working with her in her office on the Women's Cancer Camp & the Women of Color Cancer Camp. Being a part of Faces of Courage Foundation has open up many doors for me and I've met a lot of new people. Peggy is a very wonderful person who's heart belongs to her family first and then to women and children that has been touched with cancer. She has a very special place in my heart and i know she cares for everyone. Peggy Your Rock

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being a volunteer of the organization and seeing first hand how she open ups her heart to eveyone

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being around other women that has has cancer and hearing their survivor story

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone is GREAT

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Find a camp ground just for us

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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12 people found this review helpful

Calling all Volunteers!! What a fantastic organization to give your spare time to. Peggie Sherry has got it together in helping these women work through their disease and providing a lot of support for them. It's amazing what can get accomplished when women and men work together for a great cause. We must find a cure for this horrific disease. Thanks Peggie for helping me feel good and for ALL that you do for these great ladies. Susan M St Petersburg, FL

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they have brought smiles to the faces of these women who are fighting cancer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do as good of a job as Peggie is doing. She's a treasure.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping other women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very caring and fun to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it's endless what Peggie could find to do with it. She seems to have a lot of resources.

Ways to make it better...

I knew all the women were cured after this awesome weekend Peggie provided for them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the money it takes to keep it going.

One thing I'd also say is that...

You won't regret giving a minute of your time to this great cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

Hi!I am a breast cancer survivor from St. Pete, FL. I have been so touched by the founder and work of this Foundation that I plaln to volunteer for them. I casually received the name, and called them in desperation when dealing with my doctors and becoming confused. Peggie Sherry has spent HOURS with me over the past 6 months, on the phone and in email and in person, counseling, reminding me that this is MY body MY choices, and encouraging me, even finding things for me to do wether I fit in or not.I can never repay what this foundation has done for me already, and I haven't even attended camp yet! At my group I am hearing stories about her and the Foundation as well, all good. She is truly a dedicated individual who was so prior to having cancer. She will help you find any help you need, from dietary to healthy choices to just a friend to talk to. We need more like this! I don't know what I would have done without her, and now she is helping me to get out and pay forward, which I so wanted to do. Thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Pictures and testimony of folks who have attended Cancer Camps; in my own survivorship; in the Faces of Courage portrait exhibit; and fundraising events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.... : )

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The encouragement and information and learning I have received, as well as an opportunity to help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, informative, cheerful, compassionate, fun!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Develop further towards some of its goals, to include the Cancer 101 series to help educate those diagnosed and to share information. It could also have folks in the office working so that Peggie could reach out and do more promotion work.

Ways to make it better...

Faces of courage had more funding and better coverage in the media.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

They need better coverage and recognition and funding!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so grateful to know these folks! They made a big difference for me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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14 people found this review helpful

Im am happy to write a review of Peggie and her Faces of Courage. I met peggie during my chemo treatments in 2005. I was very quiet about my cancer diagnosis then I met Peggie. Look out! She really does make it fun. She told me about her camp and I thought how wonderful that would be but I also thought it was too good to be true. She then told me about the Breast Cancer Gallery and asked if I'd be a model for it. I thought she was out of this world. I finally decided to do it. I thought it was one of the best things I could have done. I then was able to attend her women's camp that September. Well, needless to say it really was so well planned and so much fun. I met so many wonderful new friends who I look forward to seeing every year. Since then I've volunteered for many of her events so that she can raise enough money to let others attend her events. Luckily I was able to join her on her Pink Polka Dot tour of 2007'. I met some very incredible people and had a very wonderful experience that I will always remember. Thank you Peggie. I will always do whatever I can and volunteer whenever I can for Peggie. She's a great lady, friend, and co-survivor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many new happy relieved faces.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to communicate more with each one.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to see friends made through this organization. And Relaxation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well beyond going out of their way for everyone.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put smiles on everyone's faces.

Ways to make it better...

I don't think my experience could have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Raising money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Is it September yet?

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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