RACHEL MINDRUP
These documentary styled paintings are all done with the assistance of those portrayed coordinating their own photo shoots and celebrating their vocations or hobbies. Together we work on how the portrait should be handled. Each participant writes his or her own biography and ends it with a positive note for all of us to ponder and live by!  Please view the entire collection at: http://www.facebook.com/ManyFacesNF

Savanna Punching the Bag
2018
Oil on Canvas
30" x 24"

Savanna Pageau was diagnosed with NF at the age of two. She is the only one in her family who has NF. When she was 11, she developed an infection in her toe. After months of pain and the doctors being puzzled, she had to have her leg amputated above her right knee. The amputation was due to gangrene and was said to be a complication from NF. Over the years she had to have revisions of her leg and other surgeries to have neurofibromas removed. She had to grow up faster than most of the kids her age. Despite being bullied, she didn't allow the bullies to deflate her spirit. Savanna was on her swimming and diving high school team, she did open water swims, she rock climbed, she sky-dived. Recently, she started her journey to have an rod implant surgically inserted into her femur, this will allow her to wear a leg without any pain from her neurofibromas. This opportunity will allow her to have her dream come true. She has been using crutches for over 20 years and has wanted to walk more than anything. Savanna's mother, Janie has been involved with NF awareness and has done multiple fundraising events. She is always by her daughter's side and has never allowed Savanna to give up.

Savanna, has been involved with the NF Hope Concert, which is based out of Las Vegas. Besides helping with the event, she has spoken at it, sharing her story living with NF. Savanna wants to be more than "the girl with tumors", "the girl with one leg", "the girl on crutches". Savanna wants to make an impression. She wants to make a difference to those who live with NF and feel alone. She is a NF warrior, who has overcome many challenges, being pointed and stared at and having moments of "why me". But, she wouldn't change anything. Living with NF made her into the person that she is: a fighter and understanding. Savanna has also met the most incredible people, because of NF: a family.
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