Tulsa cancer survivor now gives back to the nonprofit that helped get her through her recovery

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa breast cancer survivor started a painting business to give back to the nonprofit that helped her through her difficult journey.

Sally Van Schenck says Lisa Bain Ministries gave her the motivation she needed to get better, during a time when she was struggling mentally and physically. She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer back in February 2020.

Something that was really hard for Sally was going through this battle alone, since it was during the pandemic and she couldn’t be near anyone out of fear of getting COVID-19.

“I was bald, and I was freezing. As soon as I lost my hair, I was always cold after that. I was on the couch, and I was shivering, and I saw this blanket,” shared Van Schenck.

That blanket had been in a box that was sitting on her front porch one day. The box came from Lisa Bain Ministries, which is a nonprofit that gives gifts and care packages to those who are struggling.

Sally said a card in the box made all the difference.

“It said something like, we know you’re going to be going through this alone, but when you put this blanket around you, just remember that somebody’s hugging you. It had been so long since I’d been hugged, since it had been the pandemic,” said Van Schenck. “That’s when I knew I needed to get better. I had to do whatever I could to try and give someone else this feeling of warmth and being cared for.”

Sally was able to beat breast cancer! While going through treatment, she discovered her love of painting. That’s where the idea came from. She started Sally’s Art Studio, and the money raised goes to Lisa Bain Ministries.

“Because when you get through something, you get through it for a reason, and that reason is you’re supposed to help the others who are still struggling,” expressed Van Schenck.

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