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2018 BRA TALK GALLERY

READ THE STORIES BEHIND EACH BRA

2018 Artist #1


Gossamer Wings by Sharon Felts 1ST PLACE WINNER
On gossamer wings I soar, afraid of life am I no more. These wings I earned from pain and strife, as I patched my way to this better life. For now I know in my darkest hour, deep within me resides the Power to get me through the toughest times and give me wings so I can fly. “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies” Sharon, breast cancer survivor since 1994




2018 Artist #2


Boob Camp by Rhonda Williams
2ND PLACE WINNER
I watched my mother battle cancer and lose the battle. When I got
breast cancer I did not cry; I thought, I will not lose this battle. I treated
it like my boob camp. So now, I know I can tackle anything. I survived!




2018 Artist #3


Cheer Bra by Sandra Smith 1ST PLACE WINNER - TULIA I made this bra in honor of my daughter, Glenita, who succumbed to Metastatic Breast Cancer on May 20, 2018. Glenita was always active, participating in basketball, track and softball in her youth. She rode bikes and ran with her husband, and was doing cross-fit at the time of her diagnosis. This shows that it doesn’t matter how fit you are, cancer can still attack you. By the time the doctors found Glenita’s cancer it had metastasized to her lymph nodes. Early detection is the key to a cure. Glenita fought valiantly for a year, trying several types of chemo and a clinical trial. She remained hopeful of a cure, even after the cancer raced across her chest and slowly sucked the life out of her. Glenita enjoyed watching high school, college and pro football; college and pro basketball; and college women’s softball. Both sons graduated from Ball High School in Galveston however, neither of them played football. Glenita and her husband helped the band for two years after their last son graduated, just so she could cheer for the football team. Then the Texas High School Football Playoffs were played in Houston, Glenita and her husband went to EVERY game. She cheered loudly because she knew on one there would know her and tell her to be quiet. Glenita love the Dallas Cowboys and she cheered for them whether they played well or were really bad. We need to cheer on anyone affected by cancer, during the good times and the bad times.
GO! – Get those mammograms and breast exams.
FIGHT! – If cancer strikes, Fight, Fight, Fight.
WIN! – Together we can win this battle against breast cancer.




2018 Artist #4


Beads of Hope & Love by Pat Domer, Tulia This work of art is dedicated to my aunt Ernestine who, at age 76, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her right breast. She elected to have her breast removed to avoid chemo and other harsh treatments. She lived to the age of 83 and passed away from other issues but had recovered fully from the cancer and surgery. It is also dedicated to thousands of women who have survived and through their journeys, give live and hope to others fighting the disease.




2018 Artist #5


Guardian Angels by Paula Brannon, Dumas I chose my bra to symbolize my family, friends and faith in God. I received a phone call from my sister and she said that I needed to go get checked because a woman she didn’t know had come up to her and told her that someone close to her was sick. She called all of us sister. I assured her because I was 38 years old and there was no history of cancer in the family. She kept calling all of us until we to get mammograms. I did a self-exam and found my lump. I worked for an OB/GYN so I went to work and had my doctor check me out. Of all three sisters, mine was cancer – Stage 3 and very aggressive. I couldn’t have done anything without my family, and friends. People tell me I’m Superwoman, but little do they know it was God, family and very good friends that got me through it all. Faith, love,
and support is the key! My mom has passed and she continues to be my
Guardian Angel.




2018 Artist #6


Mandala by Rebecca Jolene Murillo I am a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at age 38. I found my lump byaccident, while taking a shower. My loofah bath sponge fell to the floor as Iwas washing my right breast. My hand pressed against my breast and I felta peanut-sized lump. I am an x-ray technician and when I went to work atUrgent Care I had one of the nurse practitioners do a clinical breast exam.She felt the lump as well and sent me for a mammogram at HarringtonBreast Center. The results of my mammogram were faxed to Urgent Careas I was faxing a referral request for one of our patients. I saw that sheetof paper with my name on it, read it as it came through the fax machine,and was in total disbelief. I cried and my co-workers comforted me andencouraged me to go home, but I didn’t want to be alone. From that pointon, I knew I had to put on my warrior gear and “Fight the Fight”! I namedby bra “Mandala” because when I was done fighting, my next move was toget fake areolas for my new breasts and had mandalas tattooed on eachbreast. Since my breasts were not symmetrical, I chose to have a tattoo as asilhouette of a butterfly.




2018 Artist #7


Butterflies Light up the World by Glenda Gibson & Pearl Acker, Tulia Those I know that have survived breast cancer remind me of butterflies
who fly free and “lite” up those around them with the glow of refreshed
life that has been given to them.




2018 Artist #8


Fly Away by Briana Brown - Age 10 I was in Amarillo visiting my Grandmother and she was making an art bra. I wanted to make a pretty art bra in honor of 2 Aunts who had breast cancer. The pink ribbons and flowers show that this bra is for women who have had breast cancer. The butterflies on this bra are all flying away. I wish breast cancer would just fly away someday so that no one will have to have breast cancer.




2018 Artist #9


Cancer Crush by Karla Needham & Lila Bates, Tulia This is a take-off on the popular Candy Crush game. Lila has been a breast cancer survivor for 10 years. She CRUSHED cancer!




2018 Artist #10


Inspire in Honor of Yvonne Fifer by Calley Runnels, Tulia This bra is made in honor of Yvonne Fifer who truly inspires others! I have had the privilege of knowing Yvonne for the past 17 years. She is an inspiration for not only me, but the many students and co-workers she has made an impact on during her career as an educator with Tulia ISD. When her former principal was asked how Mrs. Fifer handled her fight against breast cancer and treatment, all the while serving as the Swinburn Elementary School Counselor, he said “Mrs. Fifer really handled it, cancer did not handle her. Through all her treatments and losing hair, she never lost her sense of humor. She continued to be the rock Swinburn students and teachers relied on. I guess she ‘worked’ through it. She had some days that were hard, but it was hard to find. And maybe she put on a good face each day, but I think she was genuine in her work and relationships, her faith in her Savior Jesus, and her loving family William and T’Lois.” Yvonne is someone who I want to be more like. I have learned so much from her about how to work with and reach kids. I am a better person because of knowing her. Thank you Yvonne!! You INSPIRE!




2018 Artist #11


Cowgirl Bling by Lee Ann Holt, Tulia “Cowgirl Bling” is to honor my mother, Patsy Ann. She was a Texas cowgirl
that loved to dress up girly. The denim represents her jeans. The color of the
bra represents the color of the dirt at the rodeo arena. The color of the lace
represents the Palomino horse named Thunderation she ran barrels on. The
white pearls represent her being a girly girl. The Texas represents where she
lived her short 60 years. She love her horses and her cats. Cancer came to
take you in 1996, but it will never take the memories we have of our Texas
Country Girl. All my life I have heard about the Rodeo in the Sky and I know I
will see you there in the big Grand Entry carrying the Texas flag in your boot
strap to honor all our cancer survivors and to welcome the ones who didn’t
make it. God bless my Country Girl!




2018 Artist #12


Our other Caregivers by Audrey Massingill Seventeen years ago I survived breast cancer. In the intervening years I have
talked with many breast cancer survivors. In sharing our stories, one common
thread is our caregivers – husband, child, friend, nurse, doctor. Most survivors
have someone. But along with the human someone, we may have had other
caregivers – a special pet who helped us get through the darkest days, a dog
who became more protective, a cat, who laid on the bed with us day after day
as we recovered from surgery, a bird who lifted our spirits with a special song.
This bra is an acknowledgment, a salute to those other caregivers – our pets.




2018 Artist #13


Grandma's Stitches by Bethany Scroggins, Dumas I am decorating this bra in memory of my Grandma. When I was in 6th grade,
my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer touched my life at
a young age. I remember being scared because I was close to my Grandma and
couldn’t imagine losing her. She had surgery and went through chemotherapy
and radiation and, in the end, went into full remission. Fast-forward a number
years to about 3 years go. I had gone to see my Grandma in the nursing home
in October, and she was having sever pain in her hip. They did a CT scan that
showed a tumor on her hip, in her abdomen, in her spine and in her brain. The
doctor confirmed our worst fears. He suspected the cancer had returned. We
all knew that she would not be able to fight it this time because she was too
weak and the prognosis was bleak. My Grandma was placed on hospice services
and passed away two months later. As a nurse, I know that early detection
and routine screenings save lives. This bra represents some of my grandma’s
favorite things – she was an avid crocheter, she made the most beautiful
afghans; she also loved jewelry and had an expansive collection of costume
jewelry. Thank you for the opportunity to share her story.




2018 Artist #14


Happy by Yahaira Zapata - Age 11, Uniting Parents There is happiness after breast cancer!




2018 Artist #15


A Diamond in the Rough by Amanda Funderburg God is always good! We never know why some have to endure Breast
Cancer. I choose to believe it is all part of the process that hones us to be the
Diamonds God intends us to be! No matter what your trials are, remember
you are a Diamond created by God.




2018 Artist #16


By God’s Grace, in Handmade Lace by Amanda Funderburg For all the women who have overcome Breast Cancer...
“For by Grace you have been saved through Faith – and this is not from
yourselves, it is the Gift of God.” - Ephesians 2:8




2018 Artist #17


Thank you for Life by Catalina Zapa - Uniting Parents In the past few years I have heard of people speaking on
breast cancer and how to prevent it. In July 2017 my sister,
Maria, was diagnosed with breast cancer. When the doctor
told us, it was an extremely difficult time. At first we cried
together, then we started researching information about
breast cancer and different treatments. I was with her every
step of the way giving my love and support. My sister ended
up having surgery and then went through 6 months of
radiation, and, thank you God, today she is cancer free.
This is why I want to give thanks, for God gave my sister a
second chance at life. Every day I thank God for what he did
for my sister!




2018 Artist #18


LG, MED, SM by Debora Dougan Large, Medium or Small,
Breast cancer affects us all.
Petite, Misses or Plus Size,
“Breast self-awareness” is a word to the wise.
Whether large or small, let’s save them all!
Dedicated to Aunt Willeta and Aunt Petesie




2018 Artist #19


Diamond & Pearls by Lynn Ioor The shoes represent the walk survivors have to go through – all the pain,
all the hurt, all the emergencies, and all the times she feels like she is
alone.
THE DOVES represent that God sends someone soft and beautiful to
watch over survivors in their times of need. They are usually in pairs so
the survivor knows she is not alone.
THE FLOWERS represent God’s message that He wants survivors to stop
and smell the flowers even in times of trouble.
The rose represents life which is delicate and beautiful. The rose reminds
survivors to treasure all things in life for as the rose blooms, so does life.
Without love, care and sunshine, the rose doesn’t bloom and come to life.
DIAMONDS AND PEARLS represent hardness. Beautiful as they are, they
are also hard, just as breast cancer is hard. Survivors must fight for their
lives!
Like the diamonds and pearls, survivors see just how beautiful life can
be. The harder she fights for her life, the more she sees how much life
can shine and sparkle. Life is like a pearl; the longer it takes to become a
pearl, the more beautiful it is. The longer one rubs a diamond, the more
beautiful and shinier it becomes.




2018 Artist #20


Lace & Butterflies by Lynn Ioor The lace is to remind you just how beautiful you are.
The butterflies are to remind you just how free you are.
The rose is to remind you every year it blooms
is one more year you have
kicked cancer’s butt.
The cross is...God has got this.




2018 Artist #21


Wonder Woman by Memorial Home Care & Hospice, Dumas We are a staff that cares for many patients that have or have had
breast cancer. Our stories are that of our many patients, friends and
family.....our teachers. They teach us about life and how to live when
your life turns upside down. We take care of strong women who have
received some of the most devastating and scary news anyone could
receive. They teach us how to remain strong with the underwire
support of the family and friends. They teach us that there is more
to life than a diagnosis and to put the brightest lipstick on, or drink
a glass of wine, and continue on even when you don’t feel your best.
They teach us how to be strong and empowered to take on what lies
ahead of us for ourselves and our families. They continually teach us
that it is ok to go get checked and that it is not embarrassing. They
continue to teach us to remain hopeful and strong in the dark hours.
Last but not least they teach how to be better nurses and for that we
can’t thank them enough. They are each Wonder Woman in our eyes.




2018 Artist #22


Flowery Life by Jane Ebeling, Plainview This bra was decorated for Glenita (my niece). “Nita” lived a great life! The
flowers on my bra represent her beautiful smile that touched everyone
she met. The butterflies stand for her husband and sons, the garden that
blossomed beneath her wings. These flowers are a solid testimony of her
life. “Nita” was 49 years old when she left! The doctors found her cancer
TOO LATE! So I urge you to have ALL the females in your life to get a year
mammogram and to do self-examinations. Early detection could save
their LIFE!




2018 Artist #23


Got my eyes on the Fight by Melissa Simons, Happy It was actually a year ago, on July 20, 2017, when my sister was diagnosed
with Breast Cancer – Stage 1. She had two of her daughters and her husband,
Mario, with her when her doctor broke the most heart wrenching news she had
heard in her life. Her youngest daughter was too afraid of hearing the news she
dreaded and she decided not to be present with the rest of the family at the
appointment. We were all devastated when we heard it was breast cancer and
all of the family, both his and hers, were saddened at the news. One thing is for
sure, my sister remained POSITIVE and STRONG – she would not let cancer be
the famous word! She knew she is more than cancer CAN BE. Cancer was NOT
to win this battle.
Because I live an hour and fifteen minutes away, I was not able to visit my sister daily, although I did have my Big Sissy in my thoughts and prayers daily. We mostly communicated through text, but it was easy for me to tell how she was feeling. I don’t have the words to express how cancer treated her. I visited her on Thanksgiving and I was shocked to see the toll that the chemo had taken on her in less than 3 weeks. We all know it was hard on her, but she knew it was for a good cause – to kill the cancer cells. One of the hardest things was seeing her lose her beautiful long hair! Everyone in the family, including the men, siblings and even her in-laws, shaved their heads for her, showing their support as she continued her FIGHT! The chemo had other side-effects as well, including not being able to touch anything hot and extreme
pain daily.
As of January 18, 2018, we are so blessed to say, because her cancer was caught early, they were able to treat her and today she is CANCER FREE! After attending a breast cancer educational talk, I scheduled myself an appointment for a mammogram.




2018 Artist #24


Butterflies & Flowers by Juanita Haney, Dumas Two years ago, in November, I had my regular mammogram and they saw
three lumps not even big enough to feel. They did a biopsy – it was cancer.
In February I had a mastectomy. I didn’t have to have radiation or chemo.
GOD IS GOOD!




2018 Artist #25


Patch of Life by Annette Trujillo, Dumas I’ve known people who have survived breast cancer and also those who have
lost their lives. I want to be part of a group filled with faith and hope for a cure
that will continue to grow. I am also a cancer survivor – a survivor of chordoma.
When I was picking my materials I wanted to show how, as a group, we can
patch away all of the fear and the feathers to remember we can fly free as
survivors.




2018 Artist #26


12 Hugs by Sandie K. Gillspie It has been said, “We all need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for
maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth.” I created my art bra with
lovely colors, sparkles and lace to symbolize beauty. I dedicate this bra to
all courageous and beautiful survivors. May they always continue to grow in
strength and spirit. I wish them 12 hugs a day. Survival can be summed up in
three words – “Never Give Up”!




2018 Artist #27


Red Dots by Jasmine Castellon - Age 13, Uniting Parents The red dots represent blood and fire. It is associated with
love, joy, strength and leadership.




2018 Artist #28


The Pearl Mamelons by Janessa Stilwell - Mamelones is Nipples in French My Mom felt self-conscious and less confident when she lost her nipple to
breast cancer because one’s nipples are associated with femininity. She
realized though, she was still a strong, beautiful woman as always when she
saw herself through her children’s and husband’s eyes. To us, she was still
the person we knew and loved.




2018 Artist #29


War of Roses by Avery Alaniz, Happy - Age 11 In the world we live in today, everyone – female or male – is
impacted by breast cancer. Luckily no one in my family has
ever had to experience this, although we have had close family
friends who we have watched go through the pain of this
diagnosis. This project has touched me to be able to give hope
and encouragement to those suffering. I chose the bright colorful
flowers because they bring joy, in hopes it brings a smile to
someone’s face.




2018 Artist #30


Sparkles by Briana Brown - Age 10 I picked the blue lacy bra because I like blue. I made the art bra
for my two aunts who had breast cancer ad got treatment. I have
a Great Aunt in Amarillo who helps women know how to get
mammograms. I used lots of sparkles, pink butterflies and pink
ribbons because it is a breast cancer art bra. My aunts still have
many sparkles in their lives after breast cancer and I hope that
many other women who get breast cancer will have many sparkles
in their lives just like my aunts.




2018 Artist #31


Feathery Nights by Jesenia Castellon - Age 9, Uniting Parents A message for breast cancer survivors: Feathery nights, just
sleep tight.




2018 Artist #32


Golden Glory by Linda Ragon, Uniting Parents I modeled this art bra after a tee shirt designed for a
rock group named, Metallicas “King Nothing”. My art
is to remind women to be strong and “rock on”.




2018 Artist #33


Denim Days: Observed in April by Bea Loya, Uniting Parents Since I learned how denim is symbolic, anytime I wear jeans I
am doing so in support of all survivors including breast cancer
survivors. I also want to educate others about all forms of Sexual
Violence with my art. There is an interesting survivor story
about Denim Days and how it came to be a symbol of Sexual
Assault, observed as “Support the Denim Days: Sexual Violence
Awareness Month every April”. I hope others will look it up on
the internet.
I selected Pearls for this art to represent purity, generosity,
integrity and loyalty often found in women. They are also a
symbolize for protection when worn. Too, they are beautiful with
Denim and always make you feel very elegant whenever you
wear them.




2018 Artist #34


Beads of Paradise by Kirsten Simmons, Happy - Age 11 On July 20, 2017, my Aunt Becky was diagnosed with breast cancer.
It took a big toll on her and her family’s lives – we all wished it wasn’t
cancer. In early November she started chemotherapy. After 3 weeks
she lost all of her natural hair and was in the hospital. It’s so hard
seeing someone you love so much suffer because of this terrible
disease. Since the cancer was caught at stage 1, it was much easier to
treat! On January 18, 2018 our family got the best news – Aunt Becky
WON the fight against CANCER! She did not let CANCER take over her
live! She is a BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR!
I’m only 11 years old but, I will make sure when I’m old enough, I will get
my yearly mammogram!




2018 Artist #35


Butterflies Fly Free by Yamilex Ramirez, Uniting Parents Your health is a very important thing for all people and
because of this, when sickness comes, we can feel as
though everything is going to end. But there is hope! I
invite all women to educate themselves about breast
cancer and get mammograms because, if there is a breast
cancer diagnosis, the earlier you know about it, the easier
the treatment and the better the outcome. Just like a
butterfly, you will be free and able to fly into your future.




2018 Artist #36


Winter Wonderland by Kayzlee Jeffers - Age 11, Uniting Parents My neighbor once brought me some cookies and talked
with me about breast cancer. I learned that she had breast
cancer. I could hardly believe it because she always had
the biggest smile on her face. That taught me that Breast Cancer cannot overcome you.




2018 Artist #37


Dinossaurs are Extinct, Cancer Should Be by Diane Powers, Tulia I support cancer screenings in the hopes of early detection.
I had a very dear friend diagnosed with breast cancer 17 years ago
– before I met her 15 years ago. While I knew her, she celebrated 5
years cancer free! Shortly after, cervical cancer came. I will always
admire her brave fight and I will miss her. The diagnosis and
treatment of the cervical cancer gave me the privilege of know a
very tremendous person.




2018 Artist #38


Soft Embrace by Maria Garcia, Uniting Parents A soft embrace, a gentle hand, a kind word to
uplift your spirits. May this art bra remind you, that
you are loved and of all the people who will hold
your hand as you take your journey. To my cousin,
who left us at too young an age, thank you for
reminding me of what a gentle hand and touch can
do for the spirit.




2018 Artist #39


Shining Stars by Maddilynne Ragon - Age 11, Uniting Parents Shining Stars My bra’s theme is the galaxy because I feel
like most cancer survivors shine like stars.





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