FORCE – Facing Our Risk of Cancer is the voice of the hereditary cancer community. Hope Chest: It’s What’s Inside is a traveling art exhibition spreading awareness.

Artist : Lisa Marie Sipe   Models: Lisa Counts Edwards and daughter Megan

This summer a group of Phoenix artists painted plaster chests for hereditary cancer awareness. The chests are casts of women who have dealt with, or are dealing with hereditary cancer in one form or other. This is a collaboration between women with BRCA mutations and Phoenix artists. The exhibit is sponsored by Armstrong and Prior, Inc  (John Armstrong, Master Printmaker and Joan Prior, Fine-Art Consultant).

Follows is a lists of participants.


IdaKatherine Graver
Lisa Marie Sipe
Gene Sander
Rachel Householder
Denise Yaghmourian
Karolina Sussland
Carolyn Lavender
Kate Timmerman
Sandi Long
Monica Aissa Martinez


Lisa and Megan Edwards
Carrie Katai
Kiersten and Rosalie Kern
Rachel and Kira Householder
Monique Sisneros
Sandra Neville
Jennifer Johnson
Tania Katan

Original posting has been updated to include photos of all the completed Hope Chests, Click HERE to see the artwork.

Denise Yaghmourian

Rachel Householder, is creator and organizer of the event.  Opening Night is this Wednesday, September 28th, 6-8pm at The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.  Located at Scottsdale Healthcare at 10460 North 92nd Street.  The show will be there until October 8th and then move on to a new location every two weeks. If you are unable to attend that night visit the groups Facebook Group Page “Hope Chests: It’s What’s Inside” to see the photos of the Grand Opening.
Rachel will be updating the Facebook page with pictures of the events and new locations regularly.

The Hope Chests are available for purchase or sponsorship, contact Rachel 
for more info.

Dates and Locations:
September 25-October 8
Virginia Piper Cancer Center
10460 N. 92nd Street (1st Floor)
Scottsdale, AZ

October 9-October 20
Banner Health Desert Medical Center
1400 Dobson Rd, Mesa AZ

October 21-November 4
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
1111 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix AZ

If you haven’t seen it yet: Here is a short Video about FORCE that Rachel, and her sister Bryna, participated in.

One thought on “FORCE

  1. Monica, this is very powerful! What a great project for artists you participate in. I’m eager to see the exhibit and glad to hear it’s touring as well. Keep moving for awareness and the cause!

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