My Tata Testimony raises over $70K

From left, Amber Henson, Andy Funk, Kristi Funk, Jeannie Mir, and Saddiq Mir sport pink during the Pink + Power = Prepared event at J&S Italian Villa. (Submitted photo)
From left, Amber Henson, Andy Funk, Kristi Funk, Jeannie Mir, and Saddiq Mir sport pink during the Pink + Power = Prepared event at J&S Italian Villa. (Submitted photo)

Amber Henson held her second annual Pink + Prepared = Power campaign in October, raising over $70,000 for breast cancer awareness, education and support.

Henson, My Tata Testimony executive director, is a breast and stomach cancer survivor. She had her first mammogram in 2019, which revealed stage zero cancer. After being diagnosed, she underwent a double mastectomy in February 2020.

Henson also had genetic testing done, which revealed she had a mutation in her CDH1 gene. Women who have a mutation on their CDH1 gene have a 57-70% chance of developing stomach cancer, and women with the mutation have a 40-50% chance of developing lobular breast cancer, according to an article from MedlinePlus.

Following the genetic tests, and given her family history of stomach cancer, Henson opted to have her stomach removed in Houston. The surgery revealed three tumors that had not shown up on initial screenings.

After her diagnosis and subsequent surgeries, Henson knew she wanted to be an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

"So last year, I just could not get it off my brain, off my heart, that I wanted to raise money for breast cancer," she said. "It's kind of crazy because having breast cancer actually saved my life because I would have never gone to get tested for that gene. That was so far off my radar."

Henson's organization hosted four events every Tuesday in October, except for Halloween.

The day before the campaign started, Wrapped Gift Boutique hosted a book signing for Dr. Kristi Funk's book "Breasts: The Owner's Manual." Funk worked with Henson during her treatment and is well known for her clinic, Pink Lotus Breast Center, in Beverly Hills, California.

The event spanned Hot Springs and started off strong with a sold-out event at J & S Italian Villa before heading to DONS Southern Social, Splash Wine Bar, and Sam's Pizza Pub.

The event held silent and live auctions, which featured a $4,750 ruby and diamond ring, as well as a diamond necklace from Shannon's Jewelers, an Australian Labradoodle from Fairytale Lane Labradoodles, and a breakfast with Funk. Tickets to Dallas Cowboys games and a set of Razorback Basketball tickets were also auctioned off during the event.

The event featured many local businesses and fun events, like a fashion show from Oak Boutique, The Lazy One of Hot Springs, and Accessory Gallery.

The event uses the funds raised to support cancer programs financially. In August, the organization provided $12,000 to Our Promise House, which provides cancer patients and their families a place to stay while undergoing treatment in Garland County. Our Promise house had been vandalized and robbed of the copper within the air-conditioning units, as well as the electrical wiring. My Tata Testimony also provided nightstands for Our Promise House, as well as sponsoring two tables at one of the Our Promise fundraising events.

Henson plans to expand the number of events My Tata Testimony hosts. Next year, she plans to have four different events to help promote breast cancer awareness, education and support.

photo Dr. Kristi Funk hosted a book signing at Wrapped Gift Boutique,404 Central Ave, a day before the event kicked off. (Submitted photo)
photo The silent auction featured a gift certificate to Chrysalis Day & Med Spa, as well as other self-care treats. (Submitted photo)

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