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Jenn & Pete nominated Emily into the Warpaint Project including this touching letter below. Emily D. would be a name among more than 300 nominations to us, until we met her ourselves. Then we would learn why Pete and Jenn jumped to the opportunity to recognize this special and beautiful individual who would become our friend, our inspiration to another dozen pieces of artwork called "The Goddess Project" recognizing the women of Breast Cancer. Meet Emily.


We met Emily through the love of our dogs. Our breeder has a page on FB for Desert Sky Alumni so all of the owners can keep in touch and share stories with people who own puppies from the same litters. Emily has a sister to our Bullmastiff, Remi, named Katana. Through this dog family connection, she would comment on our posts and we would comment back. We would ask questions and she would ask questions. Remi was the runt of the litter so we would often compare Remi and Katana to see how similar they are, or aren’t! She just seemed like a wonderful down to earth person. We became FB friends outside of the alumni page and started talking daily. I have been having a difficult time in my own life. I had lost both parents, my uncle and my 9 year old Bullmastiff Karma, my heart dog, all in a span of 15 months and this led to increased depression. Emily and I had a conversation one night because she reached out, worried about me. We realized we had both been through some tough situations in our past. She had been battling something I had dealt with first hand in my family and came out the other side.  All of this was before we even knew she had cancer. That in itself was really amazing to me that someone dealing silently with what she had going on still had the compassion to reach out and help others. Emily has always been positive and a fighter even in the worst situations.  She posts positive and enlightening things even in her darkest hours and shows support to me and builds me up when I’m feeling down. So our relationship continued to grow. One day she colored her hair a really pretty silvery/purple color and we would come to find out shortly after that post that she has breast cancer. From the minute she found out, she had some more fun with her hair, and then shaved it all off.  She took everything in stride and always had that confidence that she was a fighter, a warrior, and she was going to beat this. She has documented her journey, always being positive, regardless of how she felt or what she was going through that day. Trips she has had to the hospital, in a hospital gown, fighting infection or complication from her chemo with a smile on her face. Not only does she continue to fight this cancer like the badass she is, she has been a constant support for me and my struggles and I have no doubt to others as well. I can’t imagine the battle she is fighting and hope I never have to. She has been a bright, positive light in my life. As our relationship grew, Emily sent me a bracelet that she bought for herself, myself and our breeder Danielle that says: Fate whispers to the warrior “You cannot withstand the storm.” And the warrior whispers back “I am the storm.” I couldn’t believe in just the little time we had been getting to know each other that I would get something so amazing and heartfelt from someone who had barely gotten to know me at that point. It showed me what kind of person and friend she is. She continues to put a smile on her face every day. She still has a difficult road ahead but I have no doubt that because of her positivity and her will to fight she will beat cancers ass. To me, that is a warrior, a person I look up to and someone we are so blessed to have in our life. 

Thank you Pete and Jenn for introducing Emily to our family and to our Project, we are forever grateful to know Emily's Warrior Ways. She remains the most Influential woman we have ever met in the Warpaint Project and in our lives. Because of Emily, we are able to understand the special respect due to women who fight cancer and give them a special space in our project today, the Goddess Project beginning with Emily, Katie, Lindsay and more. Emily hopes to reach teens, young women and even young men, diagnosed with Breast Cancer so that she might walk them through what to expect. She's honest but loving, bold but sweet, and so healing to anyone she encounters. Emily, we adore you, this is for you, so that you know how far your light shines.


Aubre and Joe


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My name is Aubre', I am 43-year-old, I have a husband I would die without, four children ranging in age from 22 to age 3 that I adore, two dogs, two websites, eleven social media pages, six email addresses, 319 painting requests, 43 paintings not yet shipped and one enormous mission in life; place a painting on the wall of every woman fighting breast cancer, every child battling leukemia, autism, Down's Syndrome, and any other illness that takes their innocent play away, to paint for every woman who left her abusive husband, to paint for every child who lost his mom to Cancer, every brother who lost his father to cancer, and to do it at no cost to any of them.

You'll fall into three categories; one, you never donate to anyone because you don't think it'll make a difference, but it does, and the biggest difference it will make is the one it will make on You. Donate anything, and feel that feeling that you belong to a cause that matters to you, that you believe in, that you can see yourself advocating for. I want you to be involved the most.

The second category is that you shouldn't donate, that you've donated elsewhere, or even here many times, and have done enough. All I can say is I am envious that you can have a cutoff to the point of giving enough, I clearly don't have that or haven't reached it. You should know that Joe and I don't take a salary, or a holiday, and we have no employees, volunteers, or other artists. When you donate here, you're not donating a tenth of a cent to a cause you're passionate about, our Warriors see every bit you give. We know, we've self-funded ourselves since March, when Covid was announced, I'll never forget that day, the day before that we received our 501c3 status. What was our life's greatest achievement turned to doom in a single day. We didn't quit, we took out our credit cards, took out a loan for $20k, and invested it in kind-deeds. It's the most riveting thing I've ever experienced in my life.

The third type, you cannot afford it, and it is okay. We don't want you to ever donate. Instead, just place comments on our posts when we tag our Warriors and their family, share their stories too,. The most important action any of you can do, is show our Warriors their story matters more than Susie's new shoes.

To all of you, thank you for the most important moments in our life, as we paint, and give gifts to people who sometimes believe they could die and no one would care. Part of our mission is to 'Convince Warriors they are Warriors' because they don't see it in themselves. We give paintings to parents who lost their toddler to Cancer, to a child whose mother passed a week before his birthday, to a man who lost his mother on Christmas morning, as a way to change the dialog when they pass their otherwise blank wall, into a painting that acts as an embrace. We paint, we pray, we laugh, and we give a gift that cannot be purchased, and won't be made twice, that signifies a Warrior was found, and acknowledged with a gift like Royalty, having a painting made in their honor.

Donate so we can reach more kids, more moms, more dads, more little brothers, more artists, more gifters, more donors and so we can accomplish what we want to do, to show them their strength, their bravery, their fight for life, their rise, their fall, their baldness, their grace, their tears, their fears, their scars and their story, is truly a work of beautiful art, and I will show them what that looks like when they open the box that's on their doorstep with a giant label that says, FRAGILE ARTWORK INSIDE MADE FOR A WARRIOR OF CANCER.

We will not stop until every nomination has been fulfilled. We don't need your help, we will pay for it alone, again. But, it sure would be nice to see who steps in, stands up, and becomes a part of our mission. Whoever you are, thank you.

With all our best,every day

The WarPaint Project Inc

Your strength, bravery, grace, and faith are a work of Art.


Aubre and Joe

Lisa Bennett Langley

Ace's passing is so devastating to us, we have small sons who we couldn't imagine losing. When one of our Warrior Children fighting Cancer dies, we grieve with a genuine loss. His presence, his smile, his enormous personality, shines through every photo, video, and story you shared.

Grandparents are underestimated, never forget you saved his life, the one he lived day to day, as his guardian, his grandmother, and undoubtedly his greatest gift in life. When we learned you and his grandfather left your home, moved to another home closer to where Ace needed medical treatment, it made me so proud. Proud that I was able to know the lengths a grandmother would go to, to care for her grandson, in ways no other story we've found has. The bond between the two of you was necessary for Ace to find his purpose in life, ushered to Heaven fulfilled.

You are a Warrior too, we know the brutal truths Cancer treatment brings having sat front row to more than 220 individuals in our project with Cancer. The side effects, the aftermath, the medical trauma, emotionally draining even those with a strong will. You've had to see a child who was worth saving, beat Cancer, just to have it return. You've had to see his vibrance fade to the end of his life. Always remember his life, his legacy, and his Warrior spirit will remain alive, in our home, in our hearts, and in our studio forever.

Today, we suspend all work, we stop painting, and we remember why we do this; to celebrate the lives of individuals who show us, "what if?' With the grace, strength, bravery, and nobility most grown men don't have, your grandson learned to be all, finding his Warrior within. We will always remember his loving his chapstick the most, out of all his gifts,:thanks for the chapstick" he says at the end.

When a child touches his painting we say he transfers life into it, that can be felt forever. We hope his painting, wherever it hangs, embraces you as you walk by, helping you remember the child you raised to become a hero, a fighter, and a Warrior.

From all of us at the WarPaint Project, from every Giftbox Sponsor, fellow Warrior, and their family, our donors, friends, and our community, we pray for your healing.

With all we are, every day,

Aubre and Joe,

The WarPaint Project Inc

Painting for Warriors, #warriorslikeace so they know their lives are a work of art.

Where #warriorsneverdie

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Our Warrior's Strength, as they fight for life, their bravery and nobility, are the truest work of Art

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