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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities

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

13 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.

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.

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.

10

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.

10

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."

10

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)

9

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!