Holly Carter, the California mom who founded an amazing non-profit called “The Face of Cancer” during her 10-year cancer battle, sadly passed away this week from breast cancer. The Face of Cancer became well known during Holly’s time for providing women who were struggling with the disease with an outlet to feel beautiful again. Holly, who was just 50 years old, would help to arrange photo shoots, runway walks, or whatever participating women needed to get their confidence back and feel beautiful again. Holly’s Fresno community will dearly miss her.
Holly had four children, who set up a GoFundMe page to pay for their mom’s funeral expenses after Holly entered hospice care this month. The fundraiser has already passed its $12,000 goal, and is full of comments praising Holly for all that she did for the community.Read More
“My dearest friend so very sad for you and your family. You are the most wonderful strong beautiful person that I know we love you Holly,” wrote another named Terry.
It’s clear that the work Holly did with The Face of Cancer touched a huge number of lives. Holly explained her story, and why she created the non-profit in a moving Instagram post last July. “Stage 4 cancer patient, turning 50 this year, battling the disease since 2009. Countless surgeries, chemo, radiation and radical mastectomy stole her femininity and sense of beauty,” the post reads. “Determination and belief that she could take back what the cancer stole and feel like a woman again fueled her journey. Now she fights to help other women battling aggressive cancer reconnect with their sense of femininity.”
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Stage 4 cancer patient, turning 50 this year, battling the disease since 2009. Countless surgeries, chemo, radiation and radical mastectomy stole her femininty and sense of beauty. Determination and belief that she could take back what the cancer stole and feel like a woman again fueled her journey. Now she fights to help other women battling aggressive cancer reconnect with their sense of femininity. #faceofcancer #beautiful #modeling #photography #makeup #feminity #hope #cancer #cancerfighter #chemo #radiationtherapy #mastectomyscars #scars #story #skincare #plasticsurgery #reconstruction #life #love #victory #dreams #Vision #cryotherapy #exercise #water #Lemon #alkaline #vogue #victoriasecrets
The message Holly dedicated her life to sharing is one that resonates with many cancer survivors. So many members of the SurvivorNet family have told us that while health was obviously priority #1, the way cancer can take a toll on your self confidence is a massive struggle when battling the disease. Luckily, there are resources for women as they grapple with the physical side effects of cancer. Caitlin Kiernan, a breast cancer survivor herself, wrote a book called “Pretty Sick” that offers tips and solutions from top beauty experts on how to look great on the outside, even when you’re not feeling great on the inside.
“The whole point is, you’re fighting to stay alive … you’re fighting for this life, and then you wanna live it. You don’t wanna feel uncomfortable living it,” Caitlin told SurvivorNet. “It’s not a vanity issue. It’s really a quality of life issue. Feeling beautiful isn’t about beauty.”
In Holly’s case, she was able to feel good about herself again by helping others remember how to feel beautiful. Her close friend, Jerry Duncan, who worked with Holly for The Face of Cancer, said he hopes that will be her legacy, according to Fox26.
“I think if people understand that and do that and reach out and help others, I think Holly’s legacy will be phenomenal and forever impacted in this community.”