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Faces of Courage Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.


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!!


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.


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.


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!


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.