A diagnosis of cancer is never easy, and it can be even more stressful when you’re struggling to pay for costly treatments and medications. At Artbreakers, our mission is to make sure that every cancer patient has what they need to get through it. Our mantra is, “we can change the world one human being at a time.” We want to be there for the patient, both financially and emotionally.
Cancer doesn't discriminate and neither do we. If you find yourself in need of financial help, transportation assistance or information from those who have been in your shoes, contact us, We’re here for you.
Artbreakers was founded in 2006 by two cancer survivors who saw the need to help those who were facing one of the most emotionally and financially difficult times of their lives. We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with local artists to serve cancer patients in and around St. Johns County, FL.
Artist Representative, Pier Fitts, was deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support she received from the St. Augustine Community. It was 2006 and she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was facing a double mastectomy and an unsure future. Pier had no one to help her get to and from doctor visits or chemotherapy treatments. So the artists in the community that she worked with took it upon themselves to make sure she would get where she needed to go. Not only did they shuttle Pier to chemo treatments but they also helped her family, and Pier, get through much of her difficult journey. It was then that Pier decided she wanted to do something to give back to the community that gave so much to her.
Gaye Jones was speaking at a networking event about her 2004 battle with breast cancer when she and Pier Fitts, met for the first time. The two hit it off and Pier asked Gaye to pose for a series of cancer portraits by artist Hugh Holborn. Gaye has described posing for the portraits as a liberating experience making her feel both beautiful and strong. And it’s one of Gaye’s images that you see on the Artbreakers signature pink ribbon fan. Going through cancer taught her a lot; specifically that she wasn’t the only one battling. Gaye’s entire family was affected and her children were faced with their own mortality as well as hers. Gaye realized the importance of asking for help, and learned what a critical role support plays in the healing process. And she knew she wanted to provide patients facing cancer with the best tools possible to prepare them for their journey.
Having both gone through cancer ourselves, we experienced first-hand the enormous mental and financial toll cancer takes on patients and their families. We noticed the needs of many local cancer patients far exceeded their financial means, insurance and resources available. That's why Artbreakers came to be.
We are a non-profit organization with a mission to make sure that every cancer patient has what they need to get through this life altering disease. And that has many meanings. We often take patients to chemotherapy sessions, make monetary payments to doctors, pay for utility bills, and anything else that is needed, including counseling with families and patients prior to surgeries. We tell the patients and their families what to expect, a gift that is sometimes more welcome than any amount of money. It would be correct to say that our services are needed even more today. Cancer, it seems, rarely takes a break.
Having forged a great friendship through a shared bond of survival, these two women discovered that while they were lucky enough to have large support groups and good medical insurance, others were not. Yearly deductibles, co-pays, weekly tests, medicines – these costs add up to incredible amounts that often put a huge burden on families already dealing with the life altering disease. So Gaye and Pier combined their business sense and creative backgrounds and founded Artbreakers. Although Pier and Gaye both endured breast cancer, they created Artbreakers to help people deal with all types of cancer. After all, cancer doesn’t discriminate and neither do we.