Remembering Betty Saundercook

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Betty Saundercook on November 27, 2013.

The Art for Cancer Foundation would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Betty’s family and friends.

Betty participated in many Art for Cancer workshops and was one of the first to graduate from the “Continuing the Journey” program.

She is remembered by many of her colleagues/class mates as someone who spent most of her energy living in the present, and not worrying about the cancer that according to doctors, should have taken her life 5+ years ago.

Mixed Media painting created by Betty

Her story, her strength and her positive energy was a great inspiration not only to me but also to others in the class living with cancer.  She will be missed!” Cid Palacio Founder, ART for Cancer Foundation

Betty was an extraordinary woman who lived life fully despite having cancer, and was an inspiration to us all! Angela

Throughout the 6 week program Betty was my inspiration. I sat beside her at each of these gatherings. She was so humble, gentle, honest and giving. What struck me most about Betty was how the love of her family seemed to shine through all she did and said. I will always remember the bright and cheerful flowers she painted.” Liliana

Her time with us was lovely. I remember how she used to laugh at having beat all the statistics. She said she was given six months and she was going on for the next twelve years or so. She said the family had given her a continuing farewell get together. I know we were strengthened by her good nature and we will always remember her.” Ann

She will be missed.  Apart from her calm, warm presence she left some lovely paintings behind. I remember teasing her and joking about purchasing one of her paintings.  It seems all the money in the world wouldn’t convince her to part with it!” Bev

I had the great pleasure of sitting next to Betty at the beginning of our last art class.  I could have listened to her speak and asked her questions all day – she was endearing and engaging all at once.  I know she will be very, very missed by her extensive family.” Maggie

Betty’s story of hope and strength was published in August 2012, in a book titled “In their words, through their eyes, by their hands”.

Ebook Version here Hard Cover Version here

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Global News- Sept 2, 2015