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Bling! Spring! Life! Hope!

2016 ARTIST #1


BLING! SPRING! LIFE! HOPE! by Lois Hammil I've been the daughter of a cancer patient (twice), the aunt, niece and cousin of cancer patients and now a survivor myself! I chose hot pink, teal and "Bling" in honor of my daughter Hope who provided amazing care for me following a double mastectomy and throughout chemo, when she was just 17. She has loved these bright colors and "Bling" almost from birth! The pink ribbon points directly to Breast Cancer Prevention, detection and treatment, the butterflies represent a changed and more beautiful life. The flower reminds me of spring and new life. My mother fought breast cancer in the 1980s and I battled it in 2013: My goodness things have changed for the better! My fight was incredibly easier than my mothers and I am grateful! Although I would never wish this disease on anyone, I believe God brought many blessings into my life because of Cancer. I have hope for an amazing grace filled life no matter what...cancer recurrence or total cancer cure! Be Strong! Live Honestly and with Dignity! Let your Faith be bigger than your fear!




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SURVIVING WITH SCARS by Audrey Massingill Fourteen years ago, during a self-exam, I found a lump in my right breast, but tests showed small lumps in both breasts. Following a breast cancer diagnosis, I had a bi-lateral mastectomy and so far, I have been cancer free. The beaded bracelets in the middle of my bra were made in memory of Julliette Low, founder of Girl Scouts, who died of breast cancer in 1927. Two young ladies from Girl Scout Troop #113 in Boise City, OK also made the bracelets for me "to honor you in the battle against breast cancer." The bracelets signify to me that we are never alone in our cancer journey. The little keys are a reminder that self-examination is important; get to know your body and listen to it. The clock in the middle says "time to get your mammogram." The bottom half is a garden, a place to retreat when we are afraid or sad, the top half reminds us we are still lovely, vital women. In the middle of the bra are scars that are almost, but not quite hidden, signifying memories of treatments, almost, but not quite hidden. All survivors are different, yet the same, in that after treatment we have scars - big and disfiguring, small and almost unseen, or even, only in our minds. The scars are there, especially when we think about cancer returning and remember those days of treatment with dread. The message of this bra is that no matter what scars we bear, our life can still be as beautiful and rich as we want to make it.




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DARKNESS, FAITH, AND HEALING by Sue Glenn I decorated an art bra to tell my story. The bra represents my thoughts during my journey from diagnosis, treatment and being a survivor. The left breast cup represents my dark fear of cancer. I chose Halloween décor because I was diagnosed with cancer in October and it was breast cancer awareness month. Of course it was also Halloween! Spooky! The cross in the middle signifies my faith that God would heal me. I said many prayers during that time. The right breast cup shows the beauty of surgical expertise. The beauty of things we so took for granted before this experience. Life is awesome!




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NEW BEGINNINGS by Nina Hays Things may look beautiful on the outside, but it's what is on the inside that makes or breaks us. I used as a theme the purple hearts. As survivors of the war against cance, we too are wounded warriors. I know this because I had a double mastectomy and went through all of the chemo to get to this side. The journey seemed slow, but with Jesus at the center of our lives, we are never alone. We feel alone at times, but we are never alone. Now being on the survivor side, the reward is to keep living, sharing, encouraging and believing. Remember that with Jesus Christ, nothing is impossible when you get that bad report.




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CRIED OUR LAST TEAR by Pat Weiser My Bra. My Story. Having lost my mother to cancer, this is a struggle I still deal with and that is why the right side is dedicated to her. My journey with cancer started in 2014 and with God, family and friends. I fought and won the battle - the reason for the Red Hat, which is to remind me that life can be great, if I just put faith in God. My message to others is that cancer is not prejudice, it strikes anyone. Stay alert, get your check ups and put your faith in God.




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LIFE'S A BEACH by Debbie Gloor My bra represents my grandmother. Although her lumps weren't breast canI moved to Amarillo, Texas from Long Island, New York and 4 months later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Many would say, "Life's a bitch", meaning life can be difficult and unpleasant, but since I am a positive person, I say, "Life's a beach". Think beaches, sun, sand, water and beautiful people. You get the idea!




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MY BREAST HISTORY by Patricia Barry In my early forties a lump was found in my inner left breast. I worried about the betrayal of my body to make lumps. My breasts were generally lumpy, but I there it was -- found on my regular yearly mammogram. It was a benign adenoma, which could have become cancer if not removed. Five years later another lump was found on my inner right breast near the chest wall. It was also a benign adenoma. In my early 60's, I had a bilateral breast reduction, with removal of 10 lbs of tissue, which helped my back pain, neck and shoulder pain, and bilateral neuropathy. At age 64, a small node was found on my outside right breast. It was 1-2 mm and also near the chest wall. It was cancer. I had a lumpectomy and node resection, followed by radiation and medication 5+ years to suppress my estrogen. The smiley faces on the bra show where my nodes were; the hearts show the scars from the reduction. The 2 single pink lines show the scars of the lumpectomy and node resection. The silver strings represent the radiation; the strings have loose ends because radiation can spread to more than the breast. The necklace represents my current cancer free state and the joy I feel because I believe my cancer would not have been found if I had not had a reduction




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TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE FLOWERS by Pam McMillan When you hear the words "You have cancer" it forever changes your life. As an oncology survivorship nurse I often hear not everything about cancer is bad because a person starts to appreciate all the little things in life she missed out on before she had cancer. My bra reminds everyone to enjoy these little things - like smelling the flowers and not forgetting to have fun. Take time to simply BE!




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MARDI GRAS by Rachel Garcia As many other people, especially at a young age, I haven't had experience with cancer, thankfully. However, since I have been part of this organization, I have learned that no one is exempt from cancer. Even if you don't have a family history, you take care of yourself, stay active and get checkups-you are still at risk. I have been around survivors, family members of survivors and heard their stories. I thought it would bring sadness, but listening to their stories had the opposite effect. I have seen them joyful, excited about life, and making sure that every day they are given life, they celebrate it. That is why I chose Mardi Gras for my bra- it's to represent that no matter what life throws at us, we need to remember to celebrate each day God has blessed us with and be thankful for our family and friends. I also chose to put a mask and hat on my bra because no matter if someone has cancer or not, we all wear masks just to help us make it through each day and we all wear different hats. But those who wear the mask and hat of cancer are real heroes.




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CINCO DE MAMMO by Yvette Olivarez I decided to decorate my bra for Cinco de Mayo theme for two reasons. The first reason is that it was right around Cinco de Mayo in 2014 when I had my first mammogram...May 7th to be exact. A local hospital in South Texas, where I'm from, was hosting an event called Cinco de "Mammo". It was a way to encourage women to have mammograms. It was that first mammogram at that Cinco de "Mammo" event that saved my life. The second reason I chose to decorate my bra Cinco de Mayo is that in Mexican culture, Cinco de Mayo is one huge celebration. Although they are celebrating for a different reason, I choose to recognize Cinco de Mayo as a time to celebrate life. Cinco de Mayo will always be a reminder that I was diagnosed during that time and also of what I battled, went through and survived. I'm thankful, blessed, and happy to be alive and I don't take a single day for granted. This bra is my symbol of celebration of life.




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IMA JEAN by Kim Akins This bra is dedicated to Ima Jean Stinnett, my grandmothers' cousin, who unfortunately lost her life to Breast Cancer in 2008. Jean always had a smile on her face and was full of so much love. She lived in Oklahoma, loved to occasionally paint, loved her dog Rocky and red velvet cake. But most of all she loved being around water. I always got to see Jean at our family reunions in Memphis Texas where we got to play Bingo or swim at the hotel. Jean will always be missed by all of her family and dear friends.




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TEXAS TECH RED RAIDER by Krystal, Julita and Sylvia This bra is for our Texas Tech families that have been affected by breast cancer.




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FEARLESS CHAMPIONS by team Shirley Karr This bra is dedicated to all of the fearless champions who have battled breast cancer and have persevered through the emotional diagnosis, debilitating treatments, and the physical aftermath of the disease. Their courage is what we celebrate. Our mascot here at Texas Tech is named Fearless Champion, and as we were thinking of ways to represent Texas Tech we came up with the idea that women who have to face breast cancer are true fearless champions. We remember those who are fighting, those who are survivors, and those who were taken from us.




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BONITA by Kim Akins This bra is a reminder of what women can do to prevent breast cancer. The colorful feathers are for eating a colorful diet, and the Spanish flare is to remind you to stay active, like salsa dancing. The bra itself is to remind you to get checked when recommended and more often if you have a family history of breast cancer.




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IF NOTHING EVER CHANGED, THERE WOULD BE NO BUTTERFLIES I am a breast cancer survivor and self-proclaimed butterfly. One experience can change your life and set you on a new path.




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HOPE by Suzy Wischkaemper My Mom signs people up for free mammograms, people who don't have insurance. The mammogram will detect if they have breast cancer, so on my bra I put HOPE because you just gotta hope for the best. And anything green stands for healthiness.




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PURPLE PASSION by Shirley Blank My bra represents all aspects of life, the balance of enjoying life with sea shells and flip flops. I love the beach. Flowers have a way of lifting any mood-whether fresh or silk. The tassels represent the fun, there is enough...heck...and havoc...with cancer. As the Cancer Exercise Specialist, I try to put a little fun back into survivors' lives.




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3 TIMES THE FUN By Kay Klaus I have survived breast cancer three times. I put the number 3 in pink on both sides. The silver beads represent my tears. I cried and still cry just dealing with the emotions of cancer. Also I have to take treatments every 3 weeks for the rest of my life. In between treatments my life is normal. Then it's treatment time-again! The white pearls are strung like a roller coaster because living with cancer is like being on a roller coaster ride. You have your ups and downs. Sometimes life is a blast, but sometimes it's pretty bumpy. All in all, I'm thankful for each day I have and I also love the color pink. The flowers represent the newness of each day and all I have to look forward to in this crazy journey called "Life".




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EARLY START by Arabella Jordan My mom had taught me a lot about early detection, and how important it is for women to get to know their bodies. Early self-breast exams help us get to know what is normal for us. Once something feels abnormal it is very important to contact your Doctor and possibly schedule a mammogram, even if we are under age 40 and not at risk for getting breast cancer. It is important to make self-breast exams a part of normal routine. Start first thing in the morning, in the shower or while getting dressed. This is an easy way to get in the habit of getting to know our bodies. As someone stated to my mom and my mom passed this on to me "we must know what normal feels like to know what feels weird." Starting early is key to a woman's good health! Finding out sooner is better than finding out later!




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SIMPLICITY by Lydia Villanueva My mother died of breast cancer at the age of 54. At the time of her death, there was not a lot of information about breast cancer. The reason I entitled my art bra simplicity, is that with information, that is the right information, cancer awareness can become a simple way to deal with cancer. Catching breast cancer early is the key!




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THE BRA OF DESTINY by Guadalupe San Miguel This bra is for my son's great grandma.




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SEWING by Susie Garza My sister-n-law Julie is a 2 year cancer survivor. Julia loved to sew, that was her passion. Now she can't sew anymore. She has a big heart when it comes to family. She became a mother at 22 years old. She became a grandmother at 39 years old and a great grandmother at 56 years old. She went through surgery, chemo, and radiation. Because of the radiation she developed lung problems. I ask her how she feels now that she is cancer free. She said "I feel like I have been given a 2nd chance at life." She had a lot to deal with when she went through her therapy because she was a widow. Even though she had love and support from her family, she felt alone at times. She is doing better now and I look up to her-she is a brave woman.




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LIGHT OF MY LIFE by Elvira Enriquez My daughter and granddaughter are the lights of my life. I love my girls! They need to take care of themselves-- for themselves and for nothing or no one else. We want to bling our lives for as long as the good Lord allows us. Purple is my color, pink is my daughter's color and yellow for my granddaughter. They are both the "Light of my Life."




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BRAVE AND STRONG by Maricella San Miguel My Aunt Julia is brave and strong. She is the strongest person I know. She holds her family together.




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BLOOMING OUR FUTURE FOR THE CURE by Nina Salazar

Breast Cancer has been a part of my life since I was 10 years old, when my grandmother was diagnosed with this cancer. After losing her to this horrible monster, it was only natural to try to help others fight their battle too. Now working for the best oncology surgeons and nurses in Amarillo-Amarillo Surgical Group-we fight and work hard each day for our cancer patients. We help them win their battles. Each day, we grow and learn more procedures and treatments to help our patients be survivors. We are blooming our future with tremendous doctors, nurses, and clinical staff as we care for our beautiful survivors and hope to find a cure.





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LIFE AFTER CANCER by Oralia Benavidez Life after cancer is very easy to say, but at the same time, it is hard to swallow. I am a survivor and I know there is always Hope. I chose purple because it was my mom’s favorite color. The flowers represent life. I will be a two year survivor on December 18th of 2016. As I see it, God has given me a second chance at life. My Lord and Savior continues to carry me. When I see only one set of footprints, I know that it is Jesus Christ that continues to be there for me.




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THE STRENGTH FROM WITHIN by Crystal Aguilar I just want to support all those who have Breast Cancer. I chose white for faith, black for breast cancer, red for pain, sorrow, loneliness and denial, blue for friend and family supporters, orange for doctor, nurse, EMS volunteers, yellow for warrior, survivor, strength and pink for cure. As life starts out we have our faith and life, then some of us get breast cancer which fills us with pain. But with the help of doctors, nurses, friends and family, we continue on and we never forget the times that JESUS carried us through the sand on our journey. We support others through marathons, taking donations, and even decorating bras -- until one day find the cure!




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THE SUPPORTERS by Dora Jimenez I have a friend whose mother passed away from breast cancer. I also have another friend who is a survivor of breast cancer. I made this bra to show my support for all those going through this tough time in their lives. Though the décor on the bra is simple, it is also sassy and beautiful. I believe it represents how all women should feel throughout all the phases of their lives.




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IN RANGE FOR LIFE by Martha Rincon team We chose the theme, In Rage for Life, because through Prevention and Education many lives can be saved. The red color was chosen for the eagerness to educate women for early detection and how to prevent breast cancer. The black color was chosen for support and to walk with women who are walking in the pain and suffering from breast cancer. When a group of individuals come together in unity to learn and share experiences of breast cancer, we make a difference in someone's life. We at Hereford Regional Medical Center were inspired by one of our co-workers who is walking the journey and battling breast cancer. She is very strong. She has our support and she will win the fight with breast cancer.




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MY BUTTERFLY by Latasha Cowan My butterfly was an amazing woman. She taught me to be strong, outgoing, loving, caring, and to have hope. She saw something in me that I never knew was there until I was older and had a family of my own. I thank her for how she inspired me to do better and to make good choices. She helped me be the woman and mom I am today. She was not just my Gran, mom or friend, she is also my butterfly. She resurrected my life.




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DON'T BEAD AROUND, GET A MAMMOGRAM by Lynn Ioor I don't understand why they assign an age for when you should get your first mammogram or when you should start your self-checks. We at "Ride for the Cure" "AABCMBR" have found a 9-year old who had breast cancer and had to have a double mastectomy. Her mother who found the lump. Can you imagine the outcome if that mom had not known to pay attention to her daughter's body. We have also had a 12 year-old who found a lump. Her mom took her to the doctor and it was not breast cancer. My point is that if two young girls could be threatened with breast cancer, then why should we wait until the age of 40 to get checked? I believe we should start now, rather than later (at the age of 25) to start yearly mammograms and self-checks. By 13 or 15 years of age why not start self-checks and maybe between the ages of 18 to 25 get the first mammogram. Let's get our mammograms and self-checks earlier. And remember boys and men can get breast cancer too. I pray for the day when find the cure for cancer. Working together we will.




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FUR FOR A CURE by Raven Springs I was inspired to use a dog theme to let people know that this kind of cancer also affects our pets. In the animal world breast cancer is more referred to as mammary glands tumors. Dogs are three times more likely to get this type of cancer than women are to get breast cancer. Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans do. One of the biggest things that can highly reduce the risk of your female dog getting the mammary glands cancer is SPAYING them. As puppies, their chance is .05%, but after they have their first heat the percentage goes up to 8%, after your dog has her second heat the chances bump up to 26%. The longer we wait to get them spayed, the higher the risk. 50% of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point. Mammary gland tumors remain one of the most common cancers in our canine patients.




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PATCHED by Samantha Romero and Irene Bustos Patch: "to mend or strengthen a torn or weak point" In honor of Cindy Bustos Once upon a time, our wonder woman of the family was taken for a dangerous ride when she was diagnosed with breast cancer on August 28, 2015. It grabbed all of our hearts. It was hard to fathom that our super hero was going to experience the battle of her lifetime. All our family, including our softball family, gathered together to help and raise money to begin treatment. With all the support from family, friends, and her care givers, we have patched up her life and now we stand up as one against the fight with breast cancer!




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DIAMONDS AND PEARLS by Cindy Bustos and Mary Garcia A Pearl is "a precious thing" and this bra is lined with Pearls--all around the breast. To me my breasts were a precious part of my body. On August 28, 2015, I was diagnosed with BREAST CANCER and it would eventually take my precious breasts from me. My family and friends all gathered together-giving me strength and support. The diamonds on the bra stand for bright jewels of strength. You could never imagine the many diamonds I have in my life. In the center of the bra there is a cross with a breast cancer ribbon hanging from it. Without my faith in God, I wouldn't have had the fight in me to battle this awful disease. The chain of coins represents how grateful I am for all the financial assistance I received from my family and friends and Ride for the Cure. Thank you all-from the bottom of my heart.




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NEW BEGINNINGS by Melissa Mayberry Every woman in my life, whether it is a friend, family member, or simply an acquaintance, has had struggles and battles that they have endured. For instance, my mother is one of the strongest women I have in my life. I watched her work and take care of our family for years. I also watched as my grandmother passed away from cancer in hospice when I was very young. After my grandmother's passing, my mother and other female family members made it almost mandatory to teach all of us younger women to do self-checks for lumps. I can remember the fear in my mother's eyes when she was checking her breasts and found what was later determined as a cyst. She was scared it was something more, luckily it wasn't. But that scare forced she and I to make some changes. When cancer impacts you personally, it causes you to sit back, analyze, and make changes that at some times may be called "new beginnings". Here's to New Beginnngs!





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by Lois Hammil

I've been the daughter of a cancer patient (twice), the aunt, niece and cousin of cancer patients and now a survivor myself! I chose hot pink, teal and "Bling" in honor of my daughter Hope who provided amazing care for me following a double mastectomy and throughout chemo, when she was just 17. She has loved these bright colors and "Bling" almost from birth! The pink ribbon points directly to Breast Cancer Prevention, detection and treatment, the butterflies represent a changed and more beautiful life. The flower reminds me of spring and new life. My mother fought breast cancer in the 1980s and I battled it in 2013: My goodness things have changed for the better! My fight was incredibly easier than my mothers and I am grateful! Although I would never wish this disease on anyone, I believe God brought many blessings into my life because of Cancer. I have hope for an amazing grace filled life no matter what...cancer recurrence or total cancer cure! Be Strong! Live Honestly and with Dignity! Let your Faith be bigger than your fear!

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