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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

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

Programs: Free programs for women and children to pormote the spirit and well being while undergoing tratment of cancer and other blood disordrs

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Taking part in faces of courage has provided not only volunteers but clients served with an opportunity to smile. The events are ways very well organized, as well as lively and welcoming. I enjoy my time spent volunteering in faces of courage.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer but also a parent of a survivor. Because of the camps and activities they provide my daughter only remembers the fun events and uplifting things she did as she battled cancer. In saying that what a blessing Peggy Sherry and Faces of Courage has been as to my family.

Darcy R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Jeanene A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing group of people - Peggy puts together a full weekend of fun and activities for women and children touched by cancer. Top doctors come in and speak to the participants, massage therapist, beauticians, kayaking and archery instructors, life coaches and more all come out and donate their time and talents to challenge participants to try new things. I do not know of a better charity in the local area working with persons on so many levels!

Jeffrey60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped out at camp and a few fund raisers. Its all for the kids and families. Great organization. All smiles.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been helping out with camps for many years. Seeing kids laugh, share stories both fun and sad, having parents get a break from their sometimes crazy life, and of course the food and canoe races, makes it all worth while. This is why I help out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to know this organization thru a breast cancer survivor and was quickly committed to making lives better for those that the organization serves. My passion is children and I will always do what is needed to help them make their camps happen. With funding being so short last year the Santa's Workshop almost didn't happen. Through the generosity of family and friends I was able to contribute a small amount of money. The children and families served would have nothing else during the holidays if not for this camp. Kudos to Peggy and all the volunteers that make this happen.

11 joycenarch

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best charities that I can think of to lift the spirit of those suffering or those who have had cancer. I had the great oppertunity of going to women's camps and also volunteered as a cabin elf at the Santa's Workshop. I also collected a car load of gifts for the camp and some money to help with the expense. My experience with both is one that I shall never forget. It was so much fun being with a bunch of women who had been to the same place as I had and to support those who were just going through it. Also the kids camp was awesome, to see those faces light up and have so much fun. It was also great that the kids could bring a sibling along with them. I would urge any organization to support this Foundation with whatever they can, and through this they will give many many cancer survivors, and those that are in treatment a way to have fun and forget all about the dreader disease. Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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."

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.