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

Tiger Preaching to the Congregation
Oil on Canvas
30" x 24"

Tiger Coffman was born in Houston in 1972. At the age of 5 he started playing baseball decided he wanted to be the next Nolan Ryan! At the age of 13 Tiger was pitching in the last game of the season when he heard the ball hit the bat and looked up just in time to see the ball smash him in the face. The doctor did a CT scan. The CT scan revealed three tumors in his jaw. This was the first Tigers family had ever heard anything about him having tumors.

After the surgery to fix his nose, they removed the tumors. When he was 15 one of the tumors grew back. The doctor said in order to get this tumor out, they had to break his jaw.The surgery was twelve hours because the tumor was 6.5" long and wrapped around all the nerves on the left side of his face. He said he had Neurofibromatosis type 1. Tiger was then sent to MD Anderson because they were more familiar with NF.

Tiger went to East Texas Baptist University got a degree in youth ministry and has been in Ministry since. Tiger has the privilege to travel and speak to church groups, school groups, young people and anyone else who asked him to come share his story.

In 2004 Tiger had surgery, at MD Anderson. Going into the surgery he was told there were three tumors on C 1 2 & 3 but when they cut him open they realized there were 7 tumors from C1 to C7 Tiger was in surgery 16 hours, when he woke up he was basically paralyzed from the neck down and told he would not walk again. But by the power of prayer and the grace of God 32 days later Tiger walked out of the hospital!

Tiger has over 3000 tumors on his spinal cord and sciatic nerves and he deal with pain on a daily basis, but that doesn't stop him from living his life. Tiger loves getting to share his story with anyone who will listen especially young people.
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