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Bringing a triumphant spirit, inspiration and courage

    “I sculpted the first Angel of Courage in 2001 to celebrate the triumphant spirit, inspiration and courage we call upon to face challenges in our lives — whether they be our health or the well-being of our loved ones.  In response to an overwhelming request for this sentiment, I re-sculpted Courage in 2006. I hope this figure can be a reminder of people in our lives who inspire us with their strength and courage every day.”

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    Submitted by Maria in Sweden, December 2017

    In 2014 I got cancer. I worked as a teacher and I did my last day at school before my treatment. My class was in the classroom waiting for me and the test on World War 2. When I got to the classroom the first thing I saw was flowers on my desk and this gift and a beautiful card from all my students. The gift was Courage and the tears started to fall down, this was a very emotional moment for me and my students. It was really hard for us all to get through the test. When I look at this angel I know I can get through hard times. I’m not going to give up, never ever.

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    Submitted by Brenda Brennan in Va, November 2017

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    Submitted by Christine in Cocoa Beach, Florida, September 2017

    She was a gift from my Aunt after the passing of my husband in 2006. An inspiration to me to keep going and be strong. I love her.

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    Submitted by Jennifer Beckerman in Kansas City, MO, June 2017

    Today I was sent this special angel by my cousins. On December 9, 2015 I was diagnosed with ALS. I am a 47 year old single mother who has decided to live my life to its fullest and to fight this horrid disease with everything I've​ got! My Courage Angel will be a constant reminder that I am a fighter! Thank you for your beautiful creations!!

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    Submitted by JP in Dallas, June 2017

    I have given several Willow Tree Angels as gifts over the years. Without fail they delight and move the recipient. I just gave Courage to a friend who is making a major life change. She is thrilled with it, finding it as meaningful as I hoped it she might. Courage's little fists are the perfect touch. It is truly amazing how expressive the angels' little faces are sans features. I think this is what lets each viewer see in their Angel what they need to feel. I have a dozen or so angels myself, some gifts, some gifts to myself. Whenever I look at them, I feel good all over again. And again, I am amazed at how powerfully expressive they are sans features. They are fabulous little therapists! I check out the collection whenever I come upon a display in a store. I walk away feeling better even if I did not buy. Being an animal lover, I really enjoy the angel/animal pieces, too. Thank you for your wonderful art pieces. JP

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    Submitted by Sonja LeVan in Sch Haven, Pa. 17972, April 2017

    My family has been destroyed by cancer. My mother, Dad, brother and sister have all died from cancer and another sister survived Myself have survived 4 bouts of cancer and I am looking for a piece that would express our battle and survival with cancer!

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    Submitted by Meghan in Richmond, KY, April 2017

    This statue and I have been through more than I believed at first. My godmother bought it for me my senior year of high school. She said the arms raised high above the angel's head reminded her of me, always ready to take the next step and doing it with everything I have until it's time to move on. I placed it on my mirror, a little piece of her with me. When I packed to go 500 miles away from the place I called home, practically splitting the difference from "home" to my godmother, my Willow Tree came with me. I placed it in my small dorm room where I saw it right when I got up, to remind me everything I do is one step closer to where I want to be, and that I had to give it all I had. Fast forward one semester, two roommate issues, and finals week. I relied on that statue more and more. Late one night my roommate was banging around and slammed the dresser draw too hard on our unit, and crashing down goes my willow tree. I got out of bed to asses the damage to find it shattered as well as every ounce of courage and inspiration left in me. I texted my mom in tears, hoping if I brought it home she could glue it back together, save it, somehow. Fast forward once again to shortly into the second semester. Midterms had just passed and my mom says to check the mail soon, my Willow Tree would be coming shortly. I got the package, shortly after feeling like I failed a test, and found the statue, new. The small act completed by my mom to instead of piecing it back together, could tell how broken I was about it, renewed my Courage in myself, my look on the future, and my hope for my career. This little statue has made me feel closer to the godmother I see every almost every two years, brought faith in my future, courage in each step I take, and reminds me that anything is possible. I never expected that in the beginning, but am glad for it now.

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    Submitted by Concetta Schafhausen in Ohio, February 2017

    A couple Christmases ago, we were playing cards with my son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters, my youngest granddaughter was 10 and the game we were playing was called "five crowns." The object of the game is to make runs and sets and lay all your cards in one group (similar to splash rum) The youngest would play and if she played all her cards she would throw up he arms and yell Boo-Yah, in celebration. Later that week I saw the willow tree angel with her arms thrown up in celebration, I decided I needed to own her, I have about 5 other Willow Tree angels, I have collected angels for years. I put the angel in my Amazon cart, but kept taking it out, no extra money, to order, so put it on the wish list, I had not bought her as of this Christmas and low and behold, She was under the tree from my other son and his family, But a added benefit was she was also a musical one, Just a happy thought to share with you.

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    Submitted by Peggy Dove in Chincoteague Island, VA, December 2016

    Today I found your piece "Courage" in our local pharmacy gift shop. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get it for my daughter. She has been courageously fighting breast cancer for the past 10 years, with many surgeries. She is presently cancer-free but has one more surgery to go through. She has maintained the most wonderful, courageous attitude throughout the whole ordeal and reaches out to any woman with the same or similar problem. I plan to tie a narrow pink ribbon from hand to hand and give it to her for Christmas.

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    Submitted by Karen in Michigan, October 2016

    Nearly three years ago, November 4, 2013, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Needless to say, our heads were reeling with this news and what it might mean to our future. Being diagnosed with an incurable disease is devastating news to say the least. That Christmas, my ever-so-supportive and thoughtful husband gave me the Angel of COURAGE. I have literally clung to that piece many times-- when the injection of my medicine stings and hurts unrelentingly, when I'm scared and overwhelmed, when I'm feeling particularly weak and unwell. Something about holding it my hand gives me great comfort and, yes, courage to go on. In the few years since, my husband and my adult children have given me many pieces--Angel of Prayer, Angel of Hope, Angel of Healing among others. Every single one has great meaning and comfort to me, but my favorite remains my first angel--Courage. Words cannot describe how grateful I am that you created these. Best wishes, Karen from Michigan.

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    Submitted by Jan Magee in North Carolina, October 2016

    My piece would have to be Courage. I found myself a single mother of twin daughters, even the thought of raising them by myself terrified me, in the mail I received my Willow Tree Courage from my mother. That piece turned everything around for me, my daughters are adults now and I am proud of the strong women they have become ! I have several pieces, each carry a special meaning for me. Living in North Carolina

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    Submitted by Kelly Berner in USA, October 2016

    I have several pieces in my collection, but "Courage" means the most to me. It was given to me by my mother on my 50th birthday in March of this year. First, because I beat stage 2 breast cancer in 2007 and second, because sometimes it takes courage to get through each day when you're going through a storm in your life. God gives you the courage to face each minute, each hour, day, month and year, even when you don't feel like going anymore.

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    Submitted by Sandra Brown DeBadts in New York, October 2016

    Angel of Courage is my favorite. With her arms out stretched, it reminds me of how I felt after my second battle with breast cancer in 2002.

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    Submitted by Leah Queen in USA, September 2016

    My favorite piece is the Courage piece. My mom bought me that piece when I went thru my divorce and was a single mom. Then I bought her one because she was living on her own and was a strong and courageous woman. She has since passed, and when she did she wanted her courage piece buried with her. Which of course I honored. I have mine displayed in my office at work where everyone can see it and I can think of her daily. Willow Tree Angels are very special to me as are/were mom and my special gift. No one else had ever gotten us these pieces except for us to one another. I proudly have a big display in my office that was hers-including her courage piece-so that everyone can see them and we can talk about her.

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    Submitted by Mary in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, September 2016

    I've recently moved out from home to go to university 3900 km away so I am only able to go home for winter break when the semester is over. This is the first time I've been this far from home and the longest I have been away from my family. I knew no one going into university so the transition has been hard. I miss home a lot, sometimes so much I have to call my mom and just cry and she reminds me that what I'm doing is amazing and brave. My mom sent me this Courage angel a couple weeks in to university and I appreciate it so much. It reminds me of home and how my mom is always with me, even if I'm on the other side of the country. I put it on my shelf beside my bed so every day I can see it and know my mom is reminding me to have courage and be brave on my new adventure.

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    Submitted by Cindy Baskett Urich in ., August 2016

    This weekend for my 50th birthday I was given this figurine. The person who gave it to me has known me for about 7 years. She has been there the whole journey when I was a victim of a hit and run. So yes I bring a Triumphant spirit, inspiration and courage. I have been through so much in 2 1/2 years and I know that God was always with me.

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    Submitted by Lindsay Kottmann in AB, June 2016

    I was given the courage angel as a gift from my coworkers this past March after I found out that I had to undergo open heart surgery. She came with me to the hospital and my family made sure she was on the side table when I woke up in ICU. Now she sits high on my book shelf and has kept an eye on me through my recovery!

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    Submitted by Karla Kappler in Evansville, Indiana, March 2016

    Our daughter was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer when the driver did not realize the stoplight was red. He thankfully was at a reduced speed when the collision occurred. Kerri's vehicle was thrown forward on impact, and the second miracle was the light changing to green in that millisecond, so the vehicles in front of her moved as she was forced toward them. She was 22 years old when her life changed forever. Kerri plays the flute and sings. Throughout her life, she has received many of the Willow Tree Angels marking her accomplishments. I believe she has five "Angels of Harmony," from various friends and family, keeping every one, as each marks a significant achievement. During the past three years, her pain level continued increasing and strength on her left side decreased ~ to the point of not being able to "feel" her fingers playing on the flute keys. As parents, my husband and I searched for something to help her return to the girl she had been before the accident. During the past year, she began seeing a spinal surgeon who, after many scans, x-rays and other tests, determined Kerri was a candidate for disc replacement surgery. Just over two weeks ago, at the age of 27, our daughter had the "Courage" to undergo a double cervical-disc replacement surgery. She is now "titanium." I selected this Angel of Courage for her, as she had to take a leap of faith and believe her decision was the right thing to do with no turning back. We are so very proud of her for having the courage and faith to proceed with this surgery, and reclaim her life free of pain from the damaged discs. Kerri is wearing a rigid neck collar as the titanium movable replacement discs grow to the spinal column. Her recovery will be monitored closely for the next year and the rest of her life. She is uncomfortable from the surgery, but her pain from the ruptured and fractured discs has diminished. Today, as we present this angel to her adding to the collection scattered throughout her apartment and our home, her father, grandparents, brother, sister-in-law and I celebrate Kerri's COURAGE to have faith in the unknown possibilities that make what we thought would be impossible...possible.

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    Submitted by Madeline Byrne in Pompton Plains, December 2015

    I was given the "Courage" Statue today as a Christmas Gift from my client. My 24 year old nephew Kevin, dropped dead on November 30th 2014, after a beautiful "Thanksgiving Weekend" with his family. Needless to say it has been a very difficult year for my whole family. It turned out blood was not getting through one of his valves to the heart. He died instantly but through CPR they were able to keep his heart and body parts warm till he arrived at the hospital. My beautiful nephew Kevin, signed an organ donor card on his license two weeks prior. He gave 7 parts of his body away to other people waiting on a list. A little boy received his heart. I know in my heart, that Kevin would of wanted this. Kevin was over the age of 25 so this was his choice no permission needed. That took a lot of "Courage". When my client gave me this Courage Statue it represents what my nephew was all about. So when I look at it, I will always think of him. I am a big fan of your statues and I collect angels, so your statues represent a lot of that. I am trying to get through one day at a time. Life goes on, Kevin will never be far from my heart. Thank you for letting me share my story. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Madeline workoutgirlmaddie@gmail.com 201.919.8323

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    Submitted by Stephanie Garrett in Melbourne, Fl, November 2015

    I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer on Oct 15th of this year. It was a shock but nothing like the shock of treatment. I went to the Word of God looking for encouragement and discovered there are 365 scriptures where God tells us to "not be afraid, to be of good courage." That's one for every day of the year. This week as I finished my radiation and chemo treatments I went through a period of 5 days where I was praying God would take me home. I didn't think I could fight anymore, didn't want to fight anymore. One of the women going through treatment with me at the same time came up to me with a small gift. She said I had been such an encouragment and inspiration to her..that I had brought laughter and joy into her life where she didn't think she'd ever have it again. I opened her gift and it was Courage, a beautiful reminder from God and a friend that life is so worth living and fighting for. I am renewed this week and so richly blessed and dressed for battle against this enemy, cancer. I've got my Courage on!!!!!!!!

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    Submitted by Michele in PA., August 2015

    I just received this beautiful figurine recently as a gift from my mom, my best friend. She purchased it for me for my 51rst birthday but more importantly, bought it because i just celebrated a year of wonderful sobriety. She knows what struggles i have had to overcome in a short period of time BUT she also,(Well, my whole family and dear friends who i am blessed to have in my life), knows what Great joys this gift of sobriety has brought to me and my 15yr. old twins. I am so very grateful for every day, and your beautiful piece has more meaning to me than you will ever know and could not be more perfect! Thank you very much for sharing Your special gift to others; it is a treasure. With sincere gratitude, Michele

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    Submitted by Ellen Lambert in Buffalo, Texas, April 2015

    Today I'm celebrating my fifth year sober. To commemorate the occasion, my sister Stacey sent me this beautiful sculpture. Has it been hard to battle alcoholism? Yes. And, no. Throughout the past five years I feel like I've had a guardian angel flying right beside me the whole time, whispering in my ear, "you've got this. Courage!" Today, when I opened the Willow Tree box and retrieved the angel, I thought, "Well, there you are!" Thank you, Susan for crafting such a stunning piece. I will cherish it always and it will be a daily reminder of the strength within me -- and beside me.

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    Submitted by Eileen Pollitt in Canton, IL, March 2015

    For my birthday my daughter bought me "Courage". I just finished having 2 surgeries for breast cancer and am now facing treatment. So this gift from her really touched my heart. I also received from daughter "Grandmother", this also is very special to me because 4 months ago she & her husband adopted a beautiful baby girl!

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    Submitted by melanie gordon in ashland al, December 2014

    This piece was given to me by my daughter for Christmas. It means so much as I have been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer with.chemotherapy for a year now. Although sometimes I don't feel courageous, her giving me this piece let's me know she believes I am and gives me strength to carry on the fight. I will treasure it always. Now when I feel weak or scared I will look at this angel and gain courage.

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    Submitted by Nancy Lenk in Nashua, NH, November 2014

    My husband and I went away to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts for a few days of r and r and to celebrate my 55th birthday in early June. Unfortunately I became sick and after several tests I was diagnosed with stage 2 uterine cancer. I had surgery and followed with radiation treatments throughout the summer and into the early fall. It is now mid November and I'm finally getting back on my feet. My husband surprised me with a Willow Tree statue "Courage" which I will cherish forever! He has given me statues before to signify a certain time in our lives, but this one will always be special !

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    Submitted by Pascal Hodel in Lucerne, September 2014

    The Angel of Courage was given to me by my godmother on the occasion of my confirmation on the first of June 2013. It has got a place on my desk at the right upper corner, so that I can see it during my work as a student. Every time I look at the angel, it gives me energy and reminds me not to give up, but to believe in my dreams and plans, even if not everything works right away.

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    Submitted by Nicole Brozek in United Kingdom, July 2014

    At the beginning of this year 2014 I became very unwell , my muscles in my legs arms and hands stopped working properly leaving me house bound and unable to care for myself or my children alone. Doctors struggled to find a diagnosis. Finally after three months I was sent into hospital. Doctors told me I was showing signs a spinal/brain tumor or possibly multiple sclerosis, I was terrified wondering what my future was going to be like for me, my children, and husband, but I knew I had to be brave for them.My husband, family and amazing friends were so supportive. On my birthday whilst I was waiting for the results of all my tests a dear friend handed me my present. I opened a beautiful Angel of Courage . It was perfect, and is something I will cherish forever. Two weeks later I got amazing news; my tests were clear. I am slowly recovering with treatment from a severe B-12 deficiency that has affected my nerves. I feel so grateful to have such kind thoughtful people in my life. Every time I look at my Angel of Courage I feel truly blessed 😇

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    Submitted by Gail Hann in St. John's Newfoundland, July 2014

    I was given the Angel of Courage by my sister just a few days ago. I do have a few others and I cherish all of them, but this one probably means more to me than any of them. Five years ago I was crossing the street and was unfortunately, or fortunately as I have been told by everyone, including my doctors, hit by a car. I was taken to hospital and had numerous tests. My blood pressure kept bottoming for no reason, so it was decided that I needed a CT Scan. The result of the CT Scan was shocking, to say the least. I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Surgery was done, things were going awesome. Last week I went to see my specialist for the last time. I was so excited. I had been cancer free for five years and was going to be released from his care. I had secretly planned a family BBQ so I could give the good news and celebrate my victory. My victory was to be kidney cancer was completely gone, but they had found a tumor in one of my lymph nodes. I was shocked and in that moment very disappointed. I left his office very worried, not knowing if I was going to have to battle this disease again. Just like I did with the kidney cancer, I decided that I would battle this setback with the same courage and fight as I did with the kidney cancer. My realization right at that time was that I had had cancer and beaten it and that was something to celebrate. I went ahead and had my BBQ. My sister came carrying a gift. When I opened it, it of course was the Angel of Courage. Through my hidden tears, I read the card she had also given me and written in her words, it reads "Just know that your fight is my fight, love you more than chocolates and candy." I always knew that I wasn't alone, but for some reason, it was more than just words this time, I realized that this is not just my battle it is the battle of all my family. I am not alone in this, I wasn't alone in the last one. This beautiful angel will always be a reminder to me that no matter what happens we all have a path in life and this one is mine. Having the courage to face it and deal with it head on is what constitutes courage. Allowing my family to share this with me is their courage. I am so blessed. No matter what the outcome, I know now I will never walk this path alone, we will walk it hand in hand.

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    Submitted by Trudy Blessing in Evans Georgia, April 2014

    I was put in the hospital for 8 days. The first 3 days they could not figure out what was wrong. But I continued to lose strength and muscle coordination I couldn't even write. I got to a point that the muscles in my throat and autonomic system (heart) weren't acting normal. I was treated for Guillian Barre over the course of three days I just continued to get better. That was in 2010 and my life is pretty much back to normal. I ran across this angel today that was given to me by my brother in laws mother. It just gave me courage to continue the fight no matter what residual effects it has.

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    Submitted by Margaret McIlroy in Blenheim Ontario, March 2014

    I recently had cancer and have not had a good report on the prognosis. They have told me it is the most aggressive form of cancer . My sister-in-law came to see me today and brought me the Willow Tree Angel of Courage and I love it. It brings me hope and encouragement.

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    Submitted by Cassie in Astoria, NY, February 2014

    I received a courage angel as a gift from my best friend for my 30th birthday. I just recently moved to New York to pursue and tackle some of my personal endeavors. This gift was my best friend's way of showing how proud she is of me for always following my dreams. There isn't any challenge or obstacle I'm afraid to overcome. I've come along way in life, breaking through barrier after barrier, and I've continued to gain strength on my journey. If it weren't for friends like her taking time to show her appreciation and admiration I wouldn't know just how far I've come. The courage angel has given me the courage to appreciate and be proud of myself. I'm excited for my future and look forward to continuing on my journey with my new courage angel companion.

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    Submitted by Michele Jordan in Ottawa, Canada, February 2014

    in 2004 I received my first Angel of Courage from my nurse and dear friend who told me at that time, she had never seen anybody go through their chemo and radiation with such grace and courage . At that time the Angel was also the Breast Cancer Angel. I treasured her very much. I was given a full bill of health and although life never quite returned to normal, my 25 yr old marriage broke up shortly after, I found new life and happiness. One day in 2010 I accidentally knocked over my Angel Of Courage and she broke into many pieces. I was heartbroken. My new husband told me" Don't worry, she's telling you that you don't need her anymore" Life happily went on. This past year just before Christmas in 2013 we discovered my breast cancer had returned and had metastasized in my bones and liver. Luckily I am strong and healthy and so this will be a good fight--one that I am told although I cannot ultimately win, I shall fight with the best of my ability to maintain a good life for as long as I am able. And I am determined it will be a long life. So I bought myself a new Angel to come with me on my journey and remind me of my first and why I was gifted her in the first place.

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    Submitted by Lucinda in Pennsylvania, September 2013

    I have had panic disorder for 30 years and have ups and downs with it. At times, I think I have gained the victory over it and then something happens and the panic attacks are back. This last couple of years have been some of the worst; and I am believing that God will take away the fear. The saying that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" is so true when it comes to my situation. I'm afraid of being afraid. I know it sounds stupid but several doctors have said it is PTSD. I know God is stronger than that. Today, I didn't attend church and my husband came home with a gift wrapped package from a very sweet lady who has had several heart attacks (last year her heart stopped twice) and she is in a wheelchair. For some reason, we really connected. The gift was the Courage figurine. I've never told her about the panic disorder so it had to have been a connection from God. Thank you for these beautiful figurines. I put her where I will see her every day.

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    Submitted by Irene in eugene, OR, January 2013

    In 2002 I was faced with moving, again, to keep my job at the phone company. We really didn't want to move again so I retired with full benefits. My husband felt I was too young to be done for good, so I told him I would consider getting another job but only one that I really wanted. I had been with the phone company for 30 years and at 52 there are not too many jobs out there that I thought would be fun. I am from an airline family and I had always wanted to be a flight attendant. A few years before my job went away my brother (who is a Captain for a major airline) had told me the airlines were hiring "more mature" women.I thought he was being his normal funny guy. Then my mom sent me an article featuring a woman who was 60 that had been hired at United Airlines and they wished they had a dozen like her. So I interviewed and actually got hired and made it through training, that in itself was a major hurdle. My girlfriend was so impressed that I was doing this that she gave me the Angel of Courage as my graduation gift. It is a constant reminder that God is not done with me yet and He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. I have since retired from the airlines but have not stopped getting and giving your angels for special occasions. Thank you for a beautiful product.

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    Submitted by Lisa in mass, August 2012

    I received my first "courage" angel for Easter this year from my beautiful daughter. Last year at this time I was diagnosed with two brain aneurysms and I underwent two brain surgeries in June and July 2011. It means so much to me that I thought I'd share it. We had a nightmare of a year, and I had to have courage for my family, especially my two daughters. I will always cherish my angel. I actually feel I had an angel with me the whole time. She wanted to signify the end of a tough year, and she said she is proud of me for being courageous.

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    Submitted by Stephanie in California, August 2012

    Susan, I just want you to know that your angels are so healing and inspirational. We started collecting them when my mother battled cancer. Our mother is an angel and that is what drew us to your beautiful collection. She is cancer free now and we all have found such strength in these amazing angels. Through the years we have give them as gifts to our friends and families in many different situations. Since July my 10-year-old daughter Cailtyn has been in and out of the ICU at Loma Linda hospital in Ca. Every day we have surrounded her hospital bed or where ever she is with your angels, especially the Angel of Courage and the Angel of Patience. One of the first things she could remember was the Angel of Courage. She has found such strength and peace in this. We just want to say thank you for being an inspiration Susan. Each Angel is a meaningful masterpiece! On Christmas Caitlyn, my family and I have decided we would like to deliver the Angel of Courage to some of the kids in the ICU and to the nurses. This was Caitlyn’s idea. There were so many sick kids; we want to place an angel by their bedside. We hope that they can find in your collection the comfort, wisdom, and positive feeling that we have found over these trying times. Happy Holidays, Stephanie Caitlyn’s story is @ welovecaitlyn.blogspot.com

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    Submitted by Inger Hilde in Norway, August 2012

    My history is anxiety. I bought this angel for my mum, without knowing anything about Willow Tree. It has come to mean very much to me- Guardian Angel. I was so scsred I had to tell the security. I was so scared at the plane, I had to tell the hosteses. I was so scared at intermediate landing in Reykjavik, I asked for a wheel chair. By the time i came to Gardermoen, I was exhausted and still very scared. I'm not afraid of flying, but my anxiety got to me. I was 100% sure I would die. It was a nightmare. The Guardian Angel still means alot to me. Yesterday I bought Courage - which also says to me - Freedom--THANK GOD FOR MY LIFE--I can conquer much, but that plane trip home got the best of me. I was sure I was going to die, and i prayed constantly. Of course, I realize it's paranoid. But I was so scared, You can't understand anxiety before you're there. I knew the little figure, Guardian Angel was probably watching over me, even though i wasn't thinking about that at the moment. Love to all.

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    Submitted by chris in ohio, August 2012

    I started buying the willow tree angels for a dear friend who has been battling breast cancer. I would buy Hope and Courage for her treatments along with other little items to let her know I was thinking of her. I have bought her about 4 angels. She was given a week to live at the end of May and it is now the end of October and is as beautiful as ever. She is no longer being treated. But the special woman that she is just bought me "Together" for my wedding next week. Willow tree will always be special to me and will always make me think of my wonderful friend. Thank you

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    Submitted by Cristine in CA, August 2012

    In the spring of 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was given "Courage" by my sister-in-law while in treatment. I started treatment in May and found a fabulous group of women also starting treatment. We have been each others support group ever since. To help us cope with some of the idiotic things that happened during treatment (some cancer related, others not), we developed the "shovel brigade." In the last few weeks, one of our members has been sending each of us the "Angel of the Garden," specifically because she carries a shovel. Now each one of them stands proudly on either end of my mantle!

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    Submitted by Yvette in Georgia, August 2012

    My late Mother-in-Law passed away suddenly in April 2009. We found this figurine while cleaning out her home. She had been diagnosed with emphysema years ago, and had undergone a successful lung transplant in December 2007. I believe someone had given her this figurine to remind her to have COURAGE while recovering from her surgery. I am blessed to have it in my home now.

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    Submitted by Lori in Illinois, June 2012

    In 2003 I was involved in an armed bank robbery. I am a volunteer firefighter/emt and after we were pepper sprayed by the robber and had a gun to my head I was treated by my own department. I was not a good patient and would not sit down for medical care. I had to pace. This was a classic case of "fight or flight" which is typical for crime victims. The next week a co-worker bought me the Willow Tree "Courage" because she knew I loved the figurines and chose this one for the name and because it was standing up! I have many Willow Trees but this one is very special.

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    Submitted by Chris in United Kingdom, May 2012

    I was given Courage as a gift when my husband and I were going through the most horrific time where false accusations were being made against us. This angel enabled me to focus on keeping strong and focusing on what was important. She still stands centre stage in my living room as a reminder.

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    Submitted by Elaine in KY, January 2012

    I bought Courage Willow Tree piece today, January 14, because today would have been my mother's 89th birthday. She died on May 20, 2010 one day before my birthday. I bought Courage on her birthday because she was a woman of such courage. She had pancreatic cancer but lived a short time with it with such courage and died with courage. So today I purchased her birthday present, Courage. I love you mom! Happy birthday and thank you for instilling courage in me and the family.

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    Submitted by Lee in CO, August 2011

    In November 2010 I had a bone marrow transplant. My parents were determined to drive over 800 miles in a snow storm to see me. When they arrived I was really sick from the chemotherapy, bald and had lost almost 20 pounds. The morning after they arrived my father had a heart attack. I was on the 11th floor and he was on the 10th floor of the same hospital! I wasn't allowed off the floor to go and see him and of course he couldn't come up to see me. My poor mother was going from one floor to the other all day. My father recovered and was released almost a week later. They had to leave right after he was discharged so I didn't get to see him other than a quick goodbye. My mom brought me the Courage figurine. It made me cry and smile at the same time and made me feel better. After I got home almost four months later my husband had a little get together with some friends. One of my girlfriends brought me the Beautiful Wishes figurine. I love it! I am going to start my own collection and also give these beautiful pieces to my friends and family!

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    Submitted by AnnMarie in Scotland, May 2011

    My friend Sarah was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2010. She went through surgery and chemotherapy, and is about to start treatment of radiotherapy. She has shown great courage throughout this and has shown strength as a wife, mother, sister, and best friend. I hope this figurine reminds her each day of the courage and strength she has shown us all who love her very much. Ann Marie

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    Submitted by Maranda in Nj, April 2011

    Today a precious person presented the Willow Tree to my sister and me. She said we have courage, more than anyone she has known. You see, my mother and grandfather passed away on same exact day hours apart 12 years ago in March. We lost our uncle months later. On April 13, 2011 we lost my grandmother at 5:30 in the morning. That night around 8:30 p.m. our neighbor, Chet, who is a father to us in many ways, fell out of his truck. My sister performed CPR while I called 911 and tried to keep his wife calm as I called his two sons that live in the state. We lost him that night as well. So once again God presented us with the challenge to deal with two deaths in one day hours apart, and we have. We may have courage and may be strong, but it's the love of our family, friends and the good man upstairs that keeps us going. Grams was ill and old so we knew her days were numbered, but Chet's passing was sudden. His family is amazing--they are my family and always will be. They sent food over to my aunt's house, even as she was grieving the loss of her husband. She is a strong person and I love her dearly. She is my mom on earth, as my mommy is in heaven being my angel.

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    Submitted by Minna in Finland, December 2010

    This was the first Willow Tree angel I bought for myself. I had a breast cancer, and I was only 33 years old. Now I am 44, still here, and so are the angels, of that I'm sure. Willow Tree angels are representations of the real angels who are around us. All the time. Always.

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    Submitted by Molly in Maine, November 2010

    My name is Molly. I fell in love with the Willow Tree angels when my mother started collecting them. I haven't bought any for myself, but I have bought many for my mother. She has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and I have gotten her many angels to help lift her spirits and give her hope. They show that I care, and make her feel better. Whenever she sees them on her window sill she remembers that she has a loving family that has her back. Many of my role models collect the angels and gain strength from them. The angels carry memories and hope, and I will always be thankful for the message and love they bring. Thank you so much for your angels. They will always be a huge part of my family. Molly C

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    Submitted by Nina in Maryland, October 2010

    Eight years ago I discovered that I had the BRCA2 gene that greatly increases my risk of breast cancer. After much prayer about my fear of surgery and many medical opinions, I decided to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy in August. My mother-in-law gave me the "Courage Angel" with a note that said, "You are so brave!" Every time I look at the angel, with her arms reaching high, I feel so happy to be alive and empowered by my decision.

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    Submitted by Karen in Michigan, September 2010

    Three weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My sister gave me the Courage figurine. Already it has provided me with a reminder to have the courage to face the treatments that lie ahead. It has provided me with courage to face days that are not easy. It is in our living room where it is a focal point for my family and myself as we face the days ahead. Thank you to my sister for this wonderful gift, and to WillowTree for making representations of the various seasons of our lives.

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    Submitted by Carolyn in Georgia, August 2010

    I have triple negative Breast Cancer and am currently undergoing chemo-next will be surgery to remove the cancer, then radiation. My cousin's daughter sent me the *Courage* yesterday. I've never met her yet she felt compelled to send such a loving gift. When my 7 year old arrived home he asked about it and I explained I needed courage to fight my battle and this angel is here to help me. He studied it a moment then said, 'But mommy...she has hair.'...imagine my surprise!? I then explained that she had already fought her battle and her hair grew. Once I fight mine, my hair will also grow back. It amazes me that this wonderful gift is not only precious because she sent it to me but for my son to better understand.....so profound. Thank you, Carolyn Jackson

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    • Name: Courage
    • Materials: resin, metal
    • Measurements: 6"h
    • Sentiment: Bringing a triumphant spirit, inspiration and courage
      "Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.",