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To celebrate the opening of The Dr. Laurie Sands and Constellation Brands Breast Imaging Center and to highlight the importance of annual breast cancer screenings for women over the age of 40, Thompson Health held a fashion show with models wearing handcrafted bras designed by local artists.
13WHAM's news anchor Ginny Ryan served as emcee for the event.
The Laurie Sands and Constellation Brands Breast Imaging Center at UR Medicine Thompson Health will hold an Open House on Wednesday, September 23 at 7-8:30 pm. Located at Lakeside Professional Park, 195 Parrish Street, Suite 103, Canandaigua.
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I wanted to construct a bra that exemplified beauty and strength. Elastic Heart was created with hot glue and melted crayon. The melted crayon gives the bra its shiny look.
By: Nicole Taylor
This bra is in honor of the strong women I personally know and don't know who are beautiful and courageous!
By: Kara Goodall
This bra is inspired by the beautiful lakes of the Finger Lakes. The sailboats, blue waters and bright yellow sun symbolize hope, courage and adventure…celebrating the beauty of each new day and all life has to offer as we set sail. It was created, with love, in honor of my Aunt Amy McDowell, a breast cancer survivor.
By: Allyson Lane
This bra was created to honor the memory of our wild and wonderful Aunt Cindy, who loved the beach and her life with Uncle John, Tim, Ashley, baby Coco and puppy Sally!
By: Marne Parmlee
By: Linda Schornstein
A while back, I was blessed with the fortune to visit Rome with my mom. Being lovers of art and mythology, we relished the city. Our enthusiasm comparable to that of Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka's candy room. Images of the she-wolf nursing Romulus & Remus were as ubiquitous as those of the Virgin Mary.
By: Judi & Jill Cermak
When experiencing cancer, many women feel as though everything has been stripped away from them. This bra is to reinforce that beauty is there even when it may be hard to find. This bra showcases the class, dignity and strength that women demonstrate throughout their journey.
By: Team Dixon Schwabl
For this bra, I chose the theme of broken eggs. Like eggs, women's breasts are symbols of fertility; they are beautiful and fragile. I covered it in real eggshells and used glue and white sparkles to simulate the dripping of broken eggs. The feathered top is soft and feminine, and the sparkles are well ... sparkly!
By: Julie Lictra
Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul,And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all …This is the first stanza of Emily Dickinson's famous poem and my inspiration for this bra. Everyone touched by breast cancer carries hope with them. Hope to be spared a cancer diagnoses, hope for recovery, hope for a cure. That hope can seem so fragile and light—Do I dare hope for the best?—but has such power. It's hope that keeps us going, singing and soaring as we weather the storm.
By: Megan Sperber
I decorated this bra in honor of my mother. She passed away from breast cancer 13 years ago, and I think about her every day. My memories of her courage, beauty and love find me when I am lost and give me strength when I want to give up. My inspiration came from the way she always smelled like sweet flowers, and her love of collecting little bird decorations. I love her, miss her and cherish each and every memory.
By: Sarah DeVita
I am humbled by my sister's resiliency to all the struggles this deadly disease continues to rain upon her every day. And yet, she faces each day with resolve, optimism, hope and a tight schedule full of upbeat activities, both professional and personal. She brings new meaning to the phrase "living in the moment."
By: Jane O'Brien
Please Pardon Yourself. "I will carry you as long as I canAs hard on yourself, please pardon yourselfDo the best you can and that won't go unseenTo this awful news try not to hold onThe day will come, the sun will rise, and we'll be fine"
By: Jen Moritz
My inspiration for this bra design is Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. I want this bra to empower women fighting breast cancer by drawing strength through beauty from the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
By: Jillian Wheaton
As the butterfly symbolizes renewal and rebirth with grace and lightness, we think of breast cancer survivors and the transformation they undergo with such strength and grace.
By: Deb Maggio
I have worked in MRI for 30 years now and over that period of time I have seen many new advances in MRI. Perhaps the best revelation has been the introduction of breast MRIs. Patients come to see us at all emotional levels, most of them newly diagnosed. Spending time with these patients and knowing that our images from the MRI scanner will define this patient’s treatment and future really gives us all a feeling that we make a difference.
By: Kelli Furnare
This design was inspired by the couture of early 1900s avant-garde fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Her designs were radical and innovative, and represented feminine strength and independence. A pattern of pink, symbolizing breast cancer support, and orange, symbolizing hope and positive outlook, form the background for two hand silhouettes making "a-ok" gestures among sensually cascading gems. The design symbolizes that every woman deserves a lifetime of exceptional breast health, support and care. Through awareness, education and access to routine breast imaging services, every woman has a greater chance of knowing everything is "a-ok." This design is in honor of Joan Yelland and MaryAnn Sweder, two courageous breast cancer survivors within my family.
By: Sherri Hamilton
This bra is inspired by a close friend who had breast cancer at 25 years old. Due to early detection, she is cancer-free. Owls stand for wisdom and my friend has wisdom beyond years to know what she needed to do.
By: Johanna Kern
Embrace Your Sisters is an organization dedicated to helping those with breast cancer. Started in 2007 by friends to help local Finger Lakes area people with financial assistance. Even with insurance, patients become financially strapped. We cover co-pays and medical and household expenses.
By: Karen Baker
My mother is my inspiration. She is very proactive for breast imaging and screening for breast cancer. The butterfly represents endurance, change, hope and life. My mother also represents all of those and so much more. Butterflies are a symbol for life and our journey.By: Sarah Clayson
I am honoring Janice Yott. She is a 3-time cancer survivor, two of them breast and one melanoma. She is currently an environmental service person at Thompson, who inspires employees and patients. Janice is British and we both love peacocks and their feathers.
By: Megan Coty
I wish cancer could be blown away. I have lost friends to breast cancer and family to other cancers and know friends who have become cancer free, and one dealing with it now. This whimsical bra with pin wheel has a play on words yet serious message.
By: Jane Alden
My great-grandmother, Nellie, was a breast cancer survivor. As a small child, I remember watching her knit and crochet while she was receiving treatments. I credit her with my love of yarn arts. I chose to honor her by crocheting dozens of flowers—she still blooms in my memories.
By: Amanda Kuhn
Plumes of peacockElegant & ElaborateAttired in artistryClothed in re-purposed fabric and intricate patternsObsessive with rick-rack and ornamentsCaressed with metallic, shimmery sequinsKiss her beauty with sparkle ad grandeur
By: Dianne Eagle
I am honoring a close friend, Bonnie, who battled breast cancer with humor and grace. To maintain some control, Bonnie shaved her head before she lost her hair (her co-workers did also). She discovered her bald head was quite beautiful. The design reflects the sparkle and beauty within her spirit!
By: Michelle Barrett
My Aunt Tonya got sick in the fall and was too sick to go out and get pumpkins. I brought them to her. Her brave smile, I'll never forget. The fall reminds me to smile bravely, love wholeheartedly, take in all nature and live life to the fullest. In remembrance of Tonya Benzing.
By: Jessica French
My design is honoring and inspired by Denett Pimkowski, also remembered as "Thompson's Hat Lady." She loved them because they are fun. I will never forget her courage or fight. She inspired me to start fighting for the cause and I will continue to in her honor.
By: Julie Snyder
In almost all cultures, the spring/earth/harvest is associated with a woman type of higher being. These spiritual figures often attribute qualities of renewal, growth and healing. Women have the power to create communities, networks and support those around them. This bra is to celebrate all of those deities and the ideas that they represent.
By: Emily Patton
As I was creating this, I was thinking about the metamorphosis that takes place from young to teen to woman. How unique, individual and beautiful we each become. This is to honor my friend Donna, a beautiful person inside and out, as she struggles through stage 4 breast cancer and other major complications.
By: Marybeth Patton
The creation of this bra stemmed from a bittersweet inspiration. It represents the colorful lives of four multidimensional women who ultimately lost their cancer battles, but touched my world in a positive way. In considering their individual lifestyles, I noted that they all took on their cancer with flair and conviction, and they all loved to sew. Hence the title: A Stitch in Time. The feminine color scheme is like a beautiful sunrise at the ocean and the silks textured with sequins add to an aura of spirituality. The undulating straps demonstrate the constant physical change resulting from cancer treatment.
By: Leah Corey
"Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers." —Robert Green Ingersoll
By: Kelly Cheatle
The back represents my cancer; cold, clinical, mechanical. The tags my thoughts, my experiences. The blank tags those whose journey is over. The front—my new world; like a sunflower, my world is big, bold and beautiful. I have turned my back on cancer, I am new.
By: Pat Ewing
Eyeing life with hope. It is said that the eye is a window to the soul. Life is full of color. Using an artist's "eye," this bra expresses looking inward and outward with a colorful attitude of hope. Each fragment in the mosaic represents each person, celebrating their life with vibrancy.
By: Heather Heffernan
My bra honors all Gilda's Club members touched by breast cancer. The goal of Gilda's Club is to help individuals touched by cancer live to the fullest, love themselves and enjoy a laugh or two along the journey.
By: Mary Casselman
I am honoring my sister Elizabeth, a breast cancer survivor (13 years!). The bright fun colors on the fabric remind me of the play we shared as children and the fun and laughs we enjoy as adults.
By: Annette Leutung
My bra was designed to evoke a positive, light-hearted, feeling. To be fun, quirky and colorful. I've always believed it's best to approach life's challenges with humor and beauty, to stay positive. My inspiration was my aunt Kathy Mangione, a woman touched by cancer, who has never lost her wit and positive attitude. She is quirky, colorful and beautiful.
By: Brandi Marino
Party-themed painting on a bra!
By: Cordell Cordaro
I have colored for years to deal with anxiety and depression. There was no question, when I was asked to decorate this, how I was going to do it.
By: Jeanie Firlit
This is for Kitty. When it came to fighting cancer, she hit the ground running and has never looked back. Cancer doesn't stand a chance against Kitty!
One of my favorite people is a survivor, but she never draws attention to herself, so I will respect her privacy here. I do know she will see this, and I hope she gets a kick out of it!
The inspiration for my bra is the rich layered history of each woman, and the supports that she has available to ensure her health. Breast health is something that affects us all. It crosses the lines of gender and generation, race and nationality, rich and poor—everyone's story matters.
By: Alan Gordon
My artwork was inspired by the expanse of people breast cancer touches. Originally, I was thinking "7 degrees of separation," but it didn't take long to realize that 7 is a higher number than needed to show how ingrained breast cancer has become; it touches everyone. I reached out to all the people in my life and beyond to the people in their lives, asking for head shots. The red and pink buttoned faces are breast cancer survivors in a sea of cool colored buttoned faces. Breast health is about a woman’s personal health, but it’s also about the health of a family unit, and the women who support other women. Participating in breast health with regular exams and screenings empowers a woman to proactively support herself, her family, her community and the sea of people her life touches.
By: Christie Gordon
This bra is to honor those women who fight this terrible disease and to let them know that they are loved and they are wished peace and happiness.
By: Mary Camblin Dandino
When people are going through a tough time, they feel vulnerable, they deserve the right to feel protected, strong and safe. As if they were wearing a suit of armor.
By: Suzanne Komenski
Mink Medicine shows how to walk in the spiritual and physical world with joy and balance when fighting for a cause. Goose spirit gives communal energy for the journey where goals are navigated and the psyche is never alone. Leather provides protection of the heart and color pink hope.
By: Farress Crombe
Materials include, satin (symphony black), E guitar string, buttons , lace and embellishment. Our inspiration, music, brings comfort and joy to many fighting the disease. Treble clef, bass clef, flat, sharp, repeat and staff abound. A collaboration to honor my mother, Jane Taylor, a beautiful life cut short by breast cancer.
By: Amy T. Story & Benjamin D. Grimm
This brasserie was the perfect canvas foundation to complement my re-creation of this Renaissance oil painting of Madonna and Child. I hope this iconic, beautiful art work and the baby's gentle touch shows my encouragement and support for sister women battling breast cancer.
By: Josean Vargas-Rodriguez
With this design, I am trying to portray the inner fighter that we all need in order to survive life. It's planted inside on the worst of days. Then slowly the petals form, one by one, pushing their way to the surface. Opening and splaying out. When it's all done, you're transformed into something more than you were. It stays there afterward, ready to bloom again when the conditions are right. This is the common thread I've noticed in all the cancer survivors I know. They're forever changed, ready to fight, and are a bit more beautiful because of it.
By: Alexandra Collier
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." —Philo, philosopher. When faced with the dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer, a woman becomes a warrior. She arms herself with knowledge, faith, prayer and her own quiet, inner courage. Her allies are dedicated caregivers, loved ones, and a countless array of drugs and medical treatments. This bra is a tribute to all women who fight this war.
By: Nancy Heise
I met fraternal twins Robin and Becky in 7th grade. In adulthood, both became my heroes. Rob took care of her mom with Alzheimer's for 8 years with love and caring like rarely seen. After her mom died, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Because she wasn't quite as sick, she took care of Bec until Bec's very last breath, holding her in her arms. They laughed through much of it and cried with such compassion for each other. The humor, love and empathy was amazing. Rob loves chocolate as I do, but we try to "Strive for 5" instead, hence the bra in Rob's honor.
By: Lauren Kahl
Picked flowers and colors to honor my mom who passed away from cancer in 2010.
By: Daniel Owens
This bra is dedicated to and inspired by my sister, Barbara, a breast cancer survivor who’s living life to the fullest. She’s known for her amazing energy, beautiful smile and dedication to family and friends. Cancer could not dim her light for long, and I celebrate her strength through it all.
By: Victoria Brzustowicz of Victoria B Creative
My aunt Jean died of cancer and this is to honor her memory and celebrate those who have survived. Using the campaign colors was important, so I picked pink to help raise awareness. The stars represent Thompson Health, as I know they had a star in their logo for years.\
By: Robert Charboneau
I was nine and twenty years old when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. The journey of breast cancer transforms the survivor and the family in so many ways. Like a caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly—our journey as a family taught us to be brave, love more, live our lives and never give up!
By: Megan Freida
The rainbow symbolizes that breast cancer can effect anyone. The brazen colors and sparklers help us celebrate the advances. And those little things in the center of the bra—those are the actual markers used in radiology to help locate and eradicate breast cancer. Bravo for Breast Health!
By: Sharon Stiller, Madison & Alexandra Korol and Dr. Al Jones
What should I say? What should I do, so I show I care, listen, help, encourage. We make jokes, meals and plans. Make contributions to someone's "life." It's a gift to others, but in the process, to "you."
By: Kathleen Previte
This bra is dedicated to Thompson Hospital, serving the Fingerlakes area. The hospital works as hard as Mother Nature. All the people who give us TLC, all the doctors, nurses, technicians, cleaning staff and cooks—now doesn’t that sound like a mother?
By: Judy Soprano
My granddaughter suggested a princess bra and I dedicated it to Joey, my grandson, a prince among men. Joey learned about "Locks of Love" at age 6. He called it "Lots of Love." We didn't correct him. We plan a party for the day he gets his hair cut.
My husband fought cancer for many years. When he was having treatment, we would talk about our time walking the beach, dolphin watching and collecting seashells. Those thoughts really seemed to soothe him and, temporarily, took his mind off what he was going through. Memories are a wonderful thing.
Wonder Woman, she is a Warrior Princess and a Lady of Rank. She carries a Lasso of Truth, is a marvel, curious, remarkable, miraculous, amazing, astonishing, surprising, modest, calm and we are in AWE.
Bec was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer when we were 53. She made it a year. I got in a visit a few months before she died and as usual, we laughed and laughed. That was Bec. Quietly funny and tough. How I miss and love her. She was an amazing painter and sculptor—hence the "Artistry of Bec" bra, in Bec's memory.
We are stardust.
By: Julie Licitra