Peggie Sherry is a face of courage.
A Tampa resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, she decided to make a difference. She wanted to create a fun, fulfilling environment for women, men, and children affected by cancer and blood diseases.
In 2004, she took her inheritance money and invested it into creating Faces of Courage, a nonprofit organization offering free camps to children and families. The camps now have over 5,400 attendees and all programs are provided at no cost to the participants.
It all started when a female camp attendee kept bugging Sherry about getting a mammogram.
“I told her, as soon as camp is over, I will make the phone call. I had the appointment, I went in and had my mammogram and they found the cancer. It was the type of cancer that never would have formed into a lump. She saved my life,” Sherry said.
Throughout her recovery, Sherry made a vow to make caring for cancer survivors her life’s pursuit. Although Sherry says she is unaware of the scope of impact her camps have had, it is clear that she has made a difference in the Tampa area.
Ada Munoz is the parent of a Faces of Courage camp attendee. Her daughter was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. She says Faces of Courage has undoubtedly made an impact in their lives.
“We’ve met so many friends throughout the years. We keep in contact with them even after she comes out of camp. They are awesome friends. They’re family,” Munoz said.
For more information on Sherry’s story and Faces of Courage, please visit facesofcourage.org.