READ THE STORIES BEHIND EACH BRA
2014 ARTIST #1
ROAD TRIP by Ann Sell and Carol Braddock
Everyone knew Pat. She was Archie's wife, Jason's mother, Amy's "mother-in-love" and ultimately became a grandmother. As a young girl, she worked in her mom's cafÃ©. She was secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, church secretary, school teacher, dispatcher at the Sheriff's Office, emergency medical technician, beautician and Volunteer Extraordinaire. No matter who you were or what your need, Pat helped. Pat was devoted to the Lord Jesus and followed his admonition to "love one another."
There was the time that a father and son drowned at the lake. Not wanting to leave the area until their loved ones had been found, the family faced spending the night in a strange town. Motel accommodations were offered but they declined. Pat bundled them up, took them to a local church, and furnished blankets, pillows and comfort during the long night.
One year some children in our town expected very little in the way of Christmas gifts. Pat rallied her friends and an army of ladies, equipped with sewing machines, set about to make a blanket for each child. Some of the children didn't even have a bed but they had a new blanket to cuddle up with.
Pat created the pink breast cancer emblem (left side of bra) and the bead angel dangling from the center.
When Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer, she "took charge" and defeated it. Later, cancer was found in her bones, then her brain. We lost Pat September 16, 2012. The little community of Clarendon, Texas will long remember the lady who was not afraid to tackle anything.
We'll see ya later, dear friend.
2014 ARTIST #2
DAY AT THE BEACH by Ashley Lopez
To me, the beach is a peaceful place, and so I used sequins and sea shells to portray the experience of being at the beach. May those with cancer and those who love them find this kind of peace as they experience the breast cancer journey.
2014 ARTIST #3
ALL AMERICAN GIRLS by Barb Amrheinb
My idea came from seeing the materials and medals and being a member of the running community. I thought of how most runners are small-breasted and ignore the need for a mammogram thinking runners are healthy and too small for breast cancer. This is not true. The size of the breast does not matter.
2014 ARTIST #4
DON'T GAMBLE WITH YOUR LIFE by Becky Pillow
My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. She took up the hobby of visiting casinos. I believe her love of casinos after survival gave her a renewal sense of life. Life is good.
2014 ARTIST #5
FIESTA MEXICO by Carmen R. Lopez
I created my bra so as to remind a person of colorful and gay Mexico! My mom at an older age is a cancer survivor who has never complained!
2014 ARTIST #6
RED HAT BRA by Carol Hinton
Red Hat Bra â€“ it's fun and whimsical. You get so weighed down with tests, chemo, etc., it is important to be around friends keeping it light and remember to laugh a lot!
So many of my dear friends have had breast cancer and I am a two-time survivor of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. We are forming a cancer survivor group for our area.
Sponsor: Buckner and Cross, P.C. Attorneys at Law
2014 ARTIST #7
IN HONOR OF MISS NINA by Charlene May
In Honor of Ms. Nina, a cancer victim at Allsups! She was a super supervisor, a special boss and good to all of her customers, generous to all causes of the community!
2014 ARTIST #8
NO CANCER IN PARADISE by Debbie Dougan
I was inspired by tropical colors, the summer heat and flowers. Unfortunately, before mammograms, breast health education and breast cancer awareness and prevention, I had two aunts who succumbed to breast cancer. I know that both my heavenly aunts are smiling down on us and very pleased that my sister, Leticia Goodrich, has been a crusader in the battle against breast cancer for 20 years and has made a huge impact in the health and lives of many women.
2014 ARTIST #9
ROCK STAR ATTIRE by Debra Lamb
2014 ARTIST #10
DELTA GIRLS by Delores Thompson
Our sorority colors are crimson and cream with African Violets being the sorority flower. Amarillo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority supports breast health. One of our presidents, Lisa Cherry, discovered her lump during our first wellness program. We currently host a "Lisa Cherry Wellness Program" annually in her honor. We have emphasis on breast health and other diseases affecting African Americans.
2014 ARTIST #11
IN THE GARDEN by Erica M. Lane
I designed the bra after the garden in my grandma's front yard. After many hours of hard work, it is overflowing with flowers. My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. After surgery, she became cancer free on my 16th birthday!
2014 ARTIST #12
SISTER'S LOVE BRA by Geneva Hill
Two sisters had breast cancer â€“ love to them; new beginnings to both.
2014 ARTIST #13
SCHOOL SPIRIT by Glenda Day
My aunt was very school spirited. Also this will represent all Clarendon High School alumni that had or have breast cancer. My aunt had breast cancer. She was a survivor!
2014 ARTIST #14
KEEPING MOMMA IN MIND by Jeannie Molder
Mom had breast cancer. She is a survivor. I keep her in mind. As I create this bra â€“ think of mother's personality and unvarying strength. She is a bold and colorful person, very fun, very sexy and never complains. And she always wears animal prints.
2014 ARTIST #15
BE A STAR SURVIVOR by Jennifer Castrilleja
I decorated this bra to help support breast cancer awareness. I used stars for they are my favorite symbol; they are beautiful and bright and represent what I love about a breast cancer beauty -- my friend's mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was already so like a mother to me, but once I saw what she went through and how she battled the disease, she became my hero.
2014 ARTIST #16
BROKEN by Joyce Ritter and Sharon Felts
Joyce, 5 year survivor: I have heard the words, "you have cancer" twice in my lifetime; these words are life changers.Â The first time I heard them was like the shattering of a fragile teacup. My whole world fell apart. In 1988, my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. I knew the outcome in 1988 was not good.Â She didn't have the opportunity for annual breast screenings and wasn't fortunate enough to detect her own breast cancer.Â Â It was discovered during a diagnostic work-up for bone pain, which was actuallyÂ bone metastasis.
Years later in 2009, I was diagnosed with In Situ breast cancer, a much earlier stage of breast cancer and treatable.Â For me, my story is much different.Â I practiced breast self-exams, had yearly breast exams and annual screening mammograms; I knew I was at a higher risk because of my family history of breast cancer.Â I had an early diagnosis thanks to screening mammograms and improved breast mammography technology with Breast MRI. Breast cancer prevention made the difference. Broken, for a time, but not shattered.
Sharon, 20 year survivor: There was no history of breast cancer in my family. I was 42 years old when I found out I had breast cancer. I didn't know anyone my age with breast cancer. Broken is a good description of how I felt at the time. I never dreamed I could put the pieces back together. I discovered faith, family, friends, and physicians are powerful "glue". Through the years, I've moved from broken, to "on the mend", to a vessel, fragile as a teacup, yet strong enough now to hold all that life has in store.
2014 ARTIST #17
BEADS OF HOPE by Kylen Gilchrest
I wanted to make something beautiful, classy and something a woman would want to look at and possibly wear. I work with Ride for the Cure Breast Cancer Organization that helps women with breast cancer or who is recovering from breast cancer with the cost of treatment.
Me personally, I have never had breast cancer but one of the women in our group is a two-time survivor of breast cancer. To see this woman spread her love, hope, awareness has inspired me and many other women in our community to come together. This is why we, as women come together to form a group to spread awareness and also to let people know that they are not alone in this fight. We are here for support and guidance.
2014 ARTIST #18
EDUCATION IS KEY by Leah Carruth
As a teacher, I have a good understanding of the impact of education. If people know more about breast cancer, they can do more to prevent the disease.
2014 ARTIST #19
INSPIRATIONAL FAITH by Lynn Ioor
I did not intend to make a bra when attending the Bra Factory Workshop with my daughter, Kylen Gilchrest, but she inspired me to make one. She loves the cause so much and desires society to find a cure. Seeing her passion -- I just had to try to make one for the cause. Kylen has a really big heart full of love and care. I am proud of her and the woman she has become, thus I dedicate my bra to her.
Last year I challenged the "Ride for the Cure" women to make bras for sale as a fund raiser.
(We drew our inspiration from the Bra Talk Program of AABHC). Kaylen sold her art bra for almost $200. I love the ideas for the bras that surface, and Kay and other members have great ideas. We hope to sell more of our creations in the years to come so that "Ride for the Cure" can continue to help those unable to pay for treatment of breast cancer to bear the expense.
2014 ARTIST #20
I SMILE by Marilyn Odima
My story is about my auntie who had cancer. As we walked down that road, we always knew there was hope. With the Father's love guiding us along the way, we were reminded to smile no matter how dark it looked because he would see us through it.
2014 ARTIST #21
BRA DECORATIONS by Mary A. Ford
Because having cancer is so depressing, this bra is cheerful to look at. I have had a few friends that died from breast cancer. I feel sad, but hope in the future better treatment will be discovered to combat this awful disease that happens to primarily to women.
2014 ARTIST #22
PATRIOTIC PLEASURE by Mary Vorheis
My bra is a patriotic bra created especially in honor of all the VFW Ladies auxiliary members who are breast cancer survivors but additionally - all survivors.
2014 ARTIST #23
TO MOTHER by Nancy Taylor
Mom was a breast cancer survivor through five episodes. She expired at age 88 of liver cancer. This bra is in memory of Mother with love.
2014 ARTIST #24
FREEDOM by Rhonda Lopez
The colors represent Freedom. This bra is dedicated to my friend, Kim Nunn from Oklahoma City who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.
2014 ARTIST #25
INSIDE-OUTSIDE by Rose Chancler
My bra is to remind us that women with breast cancer are a14K gold person first and a survivor second.
I am fortunate to not have had this disease in my family. Yet, I am 50 years old and have been avoiding my annual exam. I will make my appointment THIS WEEK after learning so much at the Bra Factory Workshop sponsored by AABHC. Thank you for the inspiration.
2014 ARTIST #26
YOU ARE THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS by Ruth Haley
Dedicated to all breast health volunteers/advocates.
The jewels on this bra represent the volunteers who give of their time and effort to promote breast health education for others.
The blue of the bra represents the sky, a calming place to look after a long day of hard work.
The white represents soft clouds that bring you rest.
The wings are offered to lift you up and keep you inspired.
The blue birds remind you that you can soar again and again.
Many thanks to all! Keep up the good work!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not for I am with you.