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Living Beauty: Serving Women Cancer Patients


Living Beauty: Serving Women Cancer Patients

May 12, 2018  |  by Deborah Cloyed
Samy’s Camera Outreach had the pleasure of photographing a Potluck & Meditation event for The Foundation for Living Beauty. [caption id="attachment_5518" align="alignnone" width="1022"] Samy's Outreach[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5517" align="alignnone" width="767"] Samy's Outreach[/caption] The Pasadena-based non-profit was founded in 2005 with the goal of providing supportive services to women cancer patients, called “Living Beauties.” Serving more than 450 women, The Foundation provides Wellness Retreats, Sisterhood Support Events, and Integrative Therapy Workshops to uplift, educate and empower women along their cancer journey.  Besides nutrition and health classes, the three-day Wellness Retreats feature activities such as yoga, guided meditation, art therapy, swimming, and nature walks.  Sisterhood Support events (concerts, holidays, makeover days) celebrate milestones and help the Living Beauties cement their support team for a collective fight against cancer.  The third arm of the charity, Integrative Therapy Workshops, provide education on healing modalities such as Ayurveda, music therapy, skincare, mindfulness, and Feldenkrais. [caption id="attachment_5516" align="alignnone" width="1022"] Samy's Outreach[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5515" align="alignnone" width="1022"] Samy's Outreach[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5512" align="alignnone" width="1022"] Samy's Outreach[/caption] Samy’s Camera Outreach photographed the Living Beauties at an empowering mediation workshop led by somatic pain therapist, author, and TEDx presenter Tarnie Fulloon.  Tarnie led the women through a moving meditation, some fluid stretching, then a movement exercise best described as ‘free dance.’  Tears blurred my camera viewfinder as serene and blissful smiles graced the women’s faces, their stress and pain fading away.  The session concluded with the women hugging each other in turn.  What a beautiful, powerful experience to behold. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="823"] Samy's Outreach[/caption]  
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Afterward, the women enjoyed their potluck, with laughter and tears equal in abundance.
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It is a very special, beautiful thing The Foundation of Living Beauty is doing for these courageous women.  Samy’s Camera Outreach is privileged to have captured it.
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May 12, 2018

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Deborah Cloyed

Deborah Cloyed

Deborah Cloyed is the creator/director of the after school program Samy’s Camera Photo Camp and Samy’s Outreach – serving community members in need. In addition to her work with Samy's Camera, Deborah has fifteen years experience as a commercial photographer, author, and instructor - in Los Angeles, DC, NYC, Kenya, and Honduras.

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