TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Nearly 2,000 bras draped across the Wabash River Tuesday night. It's all to raise awareness for breast cancer and help support women in need.
Nothing but cheers could be heard on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge as the 4th Annual "Bras Across the Wabash" brought together survivors, families, and friends.
"Not only is this great for raising breast cancer awareness, it's a wonderful thing. But it also gives people in the cancer community an opportunity to come together for the support we so badly need," said Leslie Martin Conwell.
It was the first "Bras Across the Wabash" for Martin Conwell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. She said she was impressed with how many bras were donated. Shamus and Annie from K105 said the total number was around 2,000.
"We wanted to do something to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to do something fun that fit our listeners and our radio station, so we wanted to see if we could get enough bras donated to go from Lafayette to West Lafayette. We got way too many, so the next year we did from Lafayette to West Lafayette and back, right here on the pedestrian bridge," said Shamus.
The bras will be donated to the YWCA and given to women in need. The YWCA also has the Women's Cancer Program, which provides screenings for breast and cervical cancer at no charge for uninsured and under-insured women. The YWCA is also home to a Cancer Wellness Program sponsored by the Purdue's Department of Health and Kinesiology. It helps cancer patients and survivors, like Martin Conwell, stay active while fighting cancer.
"It's been the best thing that I can do for my recovery and health," said Martin Conwell.
"We're so thankful that we're here and we did contribute bras ourselves, so it was just a wonderful, fabulous event. I hope they keep it up, I'm sure they will," added survivor Linda Jeffries.
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