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Painting faces of courage

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An artist at work is painting a beautiful piece of art, and her canvass is a human body.

It is all part of the Faces of Courage body paint fundraiser. Carol Connelly is the one being painted; she is a breast cancer survivor.

"You go through all these surgeries and the treatments and the weight gain, and you feel like -- well for me, I felt like this blimp," Connelly said.

Lorrin Wagner is the artist.

"It's taking the human form and really making it so beautiful and so memorable for them, and for everyone involved," Wagner explains.

Wagner, along with 17 other artists and survivors will be doing this to raise money for "Faces of Courage." It's an organization that helps women and children with cancer. They hold three to five camps a year for people to come together for support. Peggie Sherry is with the organization.

"To be around other people who know what it's like and have been in your shoes, it really is helpful, especially for those newly diagnosed, to know you are not alone."

To support all the work Faces of Courage does for our community, the pictures taken of the body art will be put in a book and sold, hopefully providing inspiration to those fighting the disease.

"The whole idea of bodies of courage project... So many people came forward that wanted to do it, we ended up last year creating a calendar of photos

For Carol Connelly, it is a way for her to give back. And she has a message for others.

"If something's off in your body, listen to that voice, and go get tested," she says.

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