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Bloomington woman who beat cancer three times gives back, inspires artists

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Feb. 5, 2015)-- She's an artist and a survivor. At 33, Brianne Harness has beat cancer three times. Now, Harness is focused on giving back to non-profits and helping artists of all ages.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011, six months after giving birth to her daughter, Paisley.

"What I thought was just going to be one fight, six months later it came back again," said Harness.

Harness paints pieces at her downtown Bloomington art gallery and welcomes local artists of all ages to display their work in the gallery.

Ten percent of all proceeds are donated to charities. Harness named her gallery and her mission "be.Cause."

"I want to help people because people helped me. That's my way to do it," said Harness.

Each month Harness picks a different charity to help, mostly pediatric cancer charities.

This month, the money goes to The Middle Way House, which is a safe haven for women and children in domestic violence situations.

"If you come you will not be shamed," explained Executive Director Toby Strout at the Middle Way House.

Brianne Harness' monthly art show is this Friday, February 6 from 5-8 p.m. to benefit the be.Cause gallery and The Middle Way House.

Harness is requesting attendees bring art supplies for the children as well.

Click here for more information on be.Cause.