Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BROWN: Will you win the Boobie Prize?

By LINDA BROWN, Hold Me Up a Little Longer, Lord | 9/25/2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Franklin County Cancer Foundation, Ottawa Business and Professional Women and Ottawa Main Street Association are capitalizing on that designation to raise overall cancer awareness and funds for the local cancer foundation. At 11 a.m. Oct. 19, the Main Street bridge across the Marais des Cygnes River will become home to what organizers hope will be hundreds of bras.

The Bras Across Ol’ Marais event is meant to bring awareness to the community that one in every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Franklin County Cancer Foundation, Ottawa Business and Professional Women and Ottawa Main Street Association are capitalizing on that designation to raise overall cancer awareness and funds for the local cancer foundation. At 11 a.m. Oct. 19, the Main Street bridge across the Marais des Cygnes River will become home to what organizers hope will be hundreds of bras.

The Bras Across Ol’ Marais event is meant to bring awareness to the community that one in every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

The bras, donated to the event by members of the community, may be hung on the bridge in honor of or in memory of someone. A donation of $5 is asked to accompany each bra. You may hang your own donation or drop it off at the Franklin County Cancer Foundation, 215 S. Main St.; Peoples Bank, 434 S. Main St.; or the Ottawa Main Street office, 112 W. Second St.; for volunteers to hang across the bridge.

Also part of the event is Tour des’ Bras, a bra decorating contest for individuals and local businesses. Folks are asked to donate $10 to participate, decorate a bra and then display it in their business. Individuals will need to find a business to display their handiwork. Community members are asked to “vote” for their favorites by putting donations in the donation jars. The bra with the most “votes” at the end of the contest will win the “Boobie Prize”. The voting is set to begin Tuesday and run through Oct. 19.

Edward E. Haley Park will be home to live entertainment, informational booths and fun activities for the kids 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19. The Ferrell Gas pink fire truck, along with some pink cars, will be available for photo opportunities for a small donation. A free-will barbecue lunch is being sponsored by Arvest Bank.

The Franklin County Cancer Foundation supported 105 cancer patients with grocery cards, gas cards, nutritional supplement drinks, miscellaneous medical supplies and equipment and financial assistance in 2012. There are only two requirements to receive assistance: You must have cancer and you must live in Franklin County.

The organization has no paid staff and operates with about 20 volunteers. It was established in 1998 and is funded solely by donations, memorials and fundraisers.

For more information about the October event or to learn how you may be a part of this organization, call Heidi Kingsolver at (785) 242-5007.

Linda Brown is marketing director for The Ottawa Herald. Email her at lbrown@ottawaherald.com

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