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Bras Across the Kaw’ puts focus on breast cancer

October 27, 2007

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'Bras Across the Kaw' bringing breast cancer awareness

Drivers traveling north across the Kansas River Bridge came upon an unusual sight this afternoon... Enlarge video

Hundreds of bras were strung across the Kansas River Bridge to raise breast cancer awareness. Hank Booth and Ian Rombough helped put up the display Friday.

Hundreds of bras were strung across the Kansas River Bridge to raise breast cancer awareness. Hank Booth and Ian Rombough helped put up the display Friday.

Instead of using pink ribbons, a few Lawrence organizations decided to use bras to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

More than 800 donated bras were hung across the railing on the Kansas River Bridge at Sixth and Massachusetts streets.

Health Care Access Clinic, 1920 Moodie Road, 1320 KLWN and Lazer 105.9 FM worked together on the project, "Bras Across the Kaw," which was started by Chris Merrill, of KLWN. Several local businesses also helped collect bras. They plan for the display to remain in place through Wednesday.

All funds raised in connection with the project will go directly to Health Care Access to ensure that everyone has access to proper screenings.

"The project is bringing a lot of attention to our clinic, which is wonderful," said Nikki King, clinic executive director. "Part of our mission is to make sure people know about our services. We really want people to know if they are uninsured and low income that they can come to our clinic, especially during the month of October, we're promoting women's health, and making sure if someone needs a breast exam or a referral for a mammogram those are available."

King said some people have been making donations but the outreach to the clinic's target population is what will make a difference in the end.

King said young women should conduct self-exams monthly, and clinical exams should happen annually for all ages. Women older than 50 should receive a mammogram annually.

"Early (detection) is best," King said.

Hank Booth of KLWN said the project touched him because his mother died from breast cancer when he was 10 years old. He said she was diagnosed when the cancer was in its late stages.

"If all this craziness can get one woman, one young woman to get an exam, it's worth it," he said.

How to help

The Lazer 105.9 FM is accepting donations for the Health Care Access Clinic to provide breast exams for the uninsured. To donate, call 843-1320 or visit 125 W. Sixth St.

Comments

Crossfire 10 years, 1 month ago

Yesterday rolling north across the Kaw... all the pretty shapes and colors... made it all a good day.

toefungus 10 years, 1 month ago

Breast cancer awareness has gotten to be a big business and has lost me. I am promoting pancreatic cancer awareness. It is far more deadly and receives much less funding. Of course, it does not have sex appeal.

Calliope877 10 years, 1 month ago

I guess since I'm female I consider breast cancer awareness to be pretty important -- especially since one of my aunts is a survivor of it. So I think stringing bras acrosse the bridge was a pretty clever way to promote awareness.

fetch 10 years, 1 month ago

since Hawk is always Perched at the River Front, maybe he can take some more photos of Hank hanging his spandex.

just_another_ninja 10 years, 1 month ago

Smitty - nothing better to do with your time on a beautiful day like today?

People work hard to put together events like this. Some of you have no idea what has lead them to take part and/or organize the entire event. Cheapening their efforts with statements like this only show how little of a person some of you really are.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 1 month ago

I've decided to decorate my house this way for the holiday season.

... bra la la la la bra la la la!

black_butterfly 10 years, 1 month ago

Breast cancer is a VERY important issue, but I think this display was a tacky way of bringing attention and awareness to breast cancer. My sister had a double masectomy in 2003, so I understand the importance, but they could have taken the time and energy spent to do this and put it into something more effective. The people who donated the bras could have donated the money that it is going to take to replace the bras instead. That money could have been used to get breast exams to people who can't afford one or something else to that effect.

Also this had to be a huge distraction to motorists. Just what Lawrence needs. Another distraction to cause fender benders. Oh well, the body shops will be happy.

matahari 10 years, 1 month ago

Haven't you all heard? the only thing that stimulates americans to think once in a while is controversy .... bad publicity beats no controversy

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 1 month ago

"Haven't you all heard? the only thing that stimulates americans..."

... is bras as far as the eye can see!

tell_it_like_it_is 10 years, 1 month ago

I think that work places should designate one Friday out of the month as braless day. Kind of like a dress down day. Each of the fellows in the office could donate $10.00 for one of 2 things A) if you have decent looking gals donate for braless B) if you you have not so decent gals donate so they'll keep them on. That could raise a lot of dough. Heck I know I'd donate so long as my wife wasn't dropping by that day!

tell_it_like_it_is 10 years, 1 month ago

Note to self......send out memo on Braless Friday Monday AM. Pick up pink slip Monday PM. Get served with divorce papers Tuesday Am......hum. Maybe I better think this through a little more...

hottruckinmama 10 years, 1 month ago

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fetch 10 years, 1 month ago

I originally heard about this event from an email from that mayor up north.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 1 month ago

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bearded_gnome 10 years, 1 month ago

I am surprised at the depth of negativity expressed here.

this display did get attention, and start tongues wagging, or lolling, and as mata said above, controversy is better than no public notice. unfortunately, some of the breast cancer events have sort of faded into the background noise level in this community; this certainly did not. Good Job Voice of Merrill! worthy goal.


I say, for testicular cancer: jockstraps around Clinton! has a nice double meaning.

janeb 10 years, 1 month ago

It's better than Womyn Taking Back the night, at least the bra people have a real point.

denak 10 years, 1 month ago

I think the title was clever. As for those complaining that Health Care Access should have been doing something more, it might interest you to know that HCA has been in several Dillons stores throughout October trying to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and their services. They have taken both the "low-key" approach as well as a somewhat sensational approach. Personally, I think if either approach gets people to think about the importance of early detection and the importance of getting annual exams(that goes for you guys and your prostate), then it was effective.

I just wish I would have known to donate.

Dena

P.S. Take Back the Night does have a real point! Unless of course, you think domestic violence isn't a legitimate issue. The only problem with Take Back the Night is that, a few years ago, they move the march time up too much. Now instead of Take Back the Night..it is more like Take Back the Dusk. Not quite the same impact. That is unfortunate considering the number of men, women and children abused in our country.

janeb 10 years, 1 month ago

"Take Back the Night does have a real point! "

Really so how many women did do you save from getting the crap knocked out of them while you are marching at dusk? The answer is ZERO. Because while you took that 30-45 minutes walking 30-45 women still got the crap beat out of them. You already know the stats on that one don't you?

Do you know how many women have been saved as a result of cancer research in the past 5 years? 10? 20? vs 30,40 or 50 years ago. You should check that out.

How many women have been saved from getting the crap beat out of them while you are out there hanging painted T-shirts on clothes lines? None, a woman is still beaten every minute in this country.

Do you know how many lives have been saved as a result of the sale of those little cancer awareness pins? Millions.

purplesage 10 years, 1 month ago

A little tacky, kind of innovative. I drove across the bridge wondering what it was all about, figuring some Greek house was up to some kind of prank.

calex 9 years, 2 months ago

If the display gets more people talking about cancer in any form than it is serving its purpose. I just don't understand why the bras were facing the river instead of facing the direction of the walkers on the sidewalk to that they could be read. I donated some that were NOWHERE to be see. Is there another display? Where did ALL the donated bras go?

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