Hundreds Of Bras Cross The Grand River

brasGRAND RAPIDS, Mich- Hundreds of bras crossed the Grand River Saturday morning to show support for breast cancer survivors and to raise awareness for the disease. 

With a five dollar donation people decorated bras or a t-shirt to be displayed in the “chain of hope” along the Grand River’s Gillett Pedestrian Bridge, serving as a visual reminder of those who are fighting the disease and those who have lost their battle. 

“The Society reminds all women 40 and older to have a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam. In addition, women ages 20 to 39 should receive a clinical breast exam once every three years. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98% when it is diagnosed in the earliest stages.” said Jamie Counterman a representative for the American Cancer Society of Northwestern Michigan. 

More than 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,000 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society. Of those diagnosed, one in every two women reaches out to the Society for help and support. The organization offers newly diagnosed women and those living with breast cancer a variety of programs and services to help them in their breast cancer experience.

There was also a bra decorating contest, silent auction and a breast cancer survivor pampering station. 

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4 comments

  • beware-of-awareness

    People, Just what are the real stats for a “cure” for this disease? It is minimal- Most of the money raised for this money mill is directed right back into the marketing fir pink ribbon products! The one thing that is disgusting is how they “claim” the color PINK , Isn’t that what gang members do? Claim colors? The answer is YES!

    Do you people ever really wonder how much of this money is really directed to a cure?

    try getting the real facts http://www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org

    Have you participants ever wondered how the people going through this really feel about you whooping it up at their expense?

    Do you ever think how the people who are really going through this truly feel? They can’t run- They are sick- they feel like you are making light of it while out there grinning like fools while they find little to grin about! Hey if you feel you are doing something positive? please don’t because YOU are not!

    If you really feel the need to “participate” it would be less offensive if you just dropped a five in a bucket somewhere instead of laughing and cheering like you think you are really doing something- Really investigate where your money is going! Only a very minimal amount like .02% goes for a cure! Most is recycled into ither peoples pockets and marketing/advertising! Since America is so into “awareness” How come most don’t know what true percentage of THIER money goes where?