Amber White works very hard to make sure her sister’s legacy is never forgotten.

Every year as Breast Cancer Awareness month approaches, she sells T-shirts to raise money to donate to the Pink Pumpkin Run.

Each year, she puts together a Pink Pumpkin team that is bigger than the one from the year before. And each year, Team Duvall has contributed the largest amount of funds raised in the race, which is used to provide mammograms for the uninsured.

“She was very passionate about that,” White said of her late sister, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 and passed away at 39.

Team Duvall runs in memory of beloved Pink Pumpkin Run supporter Amy Duvall-Nixon, who died in 2017 after a long, hard-fought battle with breast cancer.

That year, the team raised more than $12,000, which topped all team fundraising combined the year before. For three years running Team Duvall has been the top fundraising team each year since 2017.

To honor Amy’s legacy, the top fundraising team award was permanently renamed the “Amy Duvall-Nixon Fundraising Award.”

Another passion that White carries on in memory of her sister is one of helping women feel beautiful.

Amy was a cosmetologist and a registered nurse, and she loved helping women look their best. She got joy from buying hats and scarves, which she donated to the Marshall Cancer Care Center and other facilities for patients who had lost their hair.

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