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Bras strung across a Kansas bridge give firm support to breast cancer awareness

Updated: 2013-10-08T00:50:26Z

The Associated Press

— An exhibit across a Kansas River bridge near Lawrence features hundreds of decorated bras and is intended to raise awareness about breast cancer.

The “Bras Across the Kaw” display along the guardrail on the east side of the bridge aims to drawn attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and promote Health Care Access Clinic, which serves low-income Douglas County residents.

Shelly Wakeman, the clinic’s director, said this year’s exhibit wasn’t the first, but people didn’t always know the purpose of the display or who hung the hundreds of bras decorated with buttons, paint and ribbons. Two large pink banners hung this year explain those points.

Wakeman and volunteers on Sunday hung about 300 donated bras, looping the lingerie around a bungee cord and used zip ties to connect them to the rail.

“The whole purpose is to catch people’s attention and, if they’re a woman, hopefully get them to schedule their mammogram,” Wakeman said. “Or, if they’re a man who loves a woman, to get them to encourage her to schedule one.”

Money raised from sponsorship of Bras Across the Kaw will go toward women’s services at Health Care Access Clinic. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 20.

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