Aurea Sandra Costa Nicolay
Aurea Sandra was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and the tumor was removed a few weeks later. Chemo was difficult and she felt alone and relied on prayer for strength. Today, she is happy to be back in her workshop, creating contemporary jewelry designs.
Diagnosed in 2016 with breast cancer with metastasis to the liver and bones, Eveli had surgery and chemotherapy, which left her bedridden and unable to work. After treatment with a naturalist and integrative medicine, she is much better and has returned to work while still taking care of a daughter with disabilities.
Flory Menezes was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and underwent surgery twice. She was unable to work for a year but is back in her studio and is grateful to God.
Kittima has survived oral cancer. She still suffers muscular weakness in her left arm from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. In spite of this she continues to create her jewelry. "I live my life with consciousness. I do everything for the present and future, leaving the past behind. I am very happy with the things I've done. I like crafting jewelry and I am so happy with it."
Rafael Antonio Zurdo
Rafael and his wife work together in their workshop. When his wife was pregnant with their second child, she was diagnosed with cancer. It was a very scary time for their family as the wife couldn't receive treatment or surgery because of the risk of losing the baby. Rafael's wife and their baby both survived and were able to recover and live healthy lives.
When Teresita was diagnosed with cancer shortly after she gave birth to her first child, doctors told her that her chances of survival were slim, but against all odds Teresita beat and eliminated the cancer that had grown in her. Although her medical treatments were essential to treating her cancer directly, Teresita attributes her recovery to laughter, positivity, and her ability to create art pieces every day. Each of the products that Teresita has made has uniquely given her a piece of strength to carry forward and live life to its absolute fullest. Teresita is known amongst her colleagues as a positive light and is a tremendous example of strength and virtue to all cancer survivors, mothers, and women worldwide.