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  

As a breast cancer survivor, I have experienced first-hand the wonderful work this foundation does. From camps for survivors to get away from the stress for a fun-filled weekend, to many other wonderful events, Faces of Courage greatly enriches the lives of cancer patients and survivors!

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

want to get them more funding, so that they can help even more people to escape the ravages of cancer.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

amazing times at womens camps, life long sister-friends made. self confidence restored. Peggy and her krewe are wonderful..

I am also a voluteer, at kids camp...I have never been so humbled yet felt so loved...

I am a body painted survivor, a warrior freed by the experience...
thank you peggy.

Drizzzo

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to the Faces of Courage Womens Cancer Camp in September 2012, just after I had been diagnosed with breast cancer (I had been previously diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2010, and attended a different cancer camp in October 2011). Faces of Courage camp was so different than the others. There was a great camaraderie amongst the women. The programs they offered for us were tremendous. The food was spectacular. And the dance at night was so much fun!

This is a fantastic organization that does so much good in the community. I highly recommend it!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

A weekend camping trip with several 'cancer moms' that was truly amazing. The volunteers, ESPECIALLY PEGGY, were caring, compassionate and selfless in providing an escape from the reality of living with cancer. Many activities were planned throughout the weekend such as free Mary Kay mini facials, massages, jewelry making, fishing, butterfly release ceremony, costume party, and my favorite the chocolate fountain and desserts night! There was something to do or not to do in this beautiful tucked away camp. It was a much needed break from the stresses of everyday life and I pray that this foundation continues to receive volunteers, donations and funds to help other with cancer.

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

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

how compassionate the staff and volunteers were at this event. Everyone truly went above and beyond to provide an enjoyable weekend to all. Motivational speaker Sheryl Nicholson's story of hope and perseverance was inspiring.

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

the CEO, Peggy Sherry, the kitchen staff, providers of services, photographer, Reiki and masseurs,

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

branch out all across south Florida and to other states as well!

Ways to make it better...

Events could eventually expand all across Florida - providing access to more people.

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

keeping up the tremendous and creative fundraising efforts they have to maintain to continue providing servcies

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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