Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center Patient Featured in “Crowns of Courage” Project

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Lisa Fredricks, ovarian cancer survivor and patient at Lacks Cancer Center, proudly displays her crown of courage through a special art exhibit. Photo used with permission.

Bravery comes in many forms, and one unique display is that of Mercy Health Lacks Cancer patient Lisa Fredricks, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in March 2017. “Cancer turned my life around 100%.”

Fredricks was approached to participate in Crowns of Courage as one of 22 women featured through this project, all of whom have been battling cancer. According to the Crowns of Courage website, ” Each of the ladies had shown amazing COURAGE to share their stories with us, as well as become vulnerable in front of a camera revealing their heads (some for the very first time.)” The group uses henna tattoos to create the imagery.

The piece is on display for ArtPrize Nine at the DeVos Place.

“I’m humbled by all the people in our life that helped us get through the last six months,” says Fredricks of her cancer journey. “Our friends and family stepped right up and offered a hand with everything. At Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, Dr. Brader, Michelle, and Rhonda were a constant source of answering questions and being reassuring. Everyone from the Cancer and Hematology Center of West Michigan was absolutely amazing; they showed such care and concern, going above and beyond simply treating a patient.”

To view the video, visit www.crownsofcourage.org.

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