Hundreds of bras hang on bridge in Kent to raise awareness for cancer

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KENT, OH – If you didn’t know any better, you might think all the bras hung on the Main Street bridge in Kent were part of some kind of joke.

But, they were actually put there on purpose by the Celtic Club. They’re trying to raise awareness about cancer.

"My girlfriend had passed away from cancer about eight years ago and we wanted to do something to try and convey a message of hope and survival and this is the result of that,” explained Jim Collver.

He said their campaign is normally just for breast cancer, but they decided to make a change this year.

"That's why you'll notice these sections are different colors. It's for the different kinds of cancer,” he said.

Every bra was donated to the club, and any extras they receive are given to battered women’s shelters around the area.

It took about an hour and a half to hang them all up.

Karen Janickas helped with that.

She said this cause is very important to her as a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Lymphoma back in 2014 and finished treatment in May.

"This is a good reminder to everyone since October is Breast Cancer awareness month. So it's just kind of an awesome thing to do and I'm glad to be a part of it,” she said.

She said everyone in town has been very respectful of the bras, and believes they really do send a powerful message.

"We want to let people know that as terrible as a cancer diagnosis is, it no longer has to be a death sentence. There is hope and people like Karen are proof of that,” said Collver.

The display was only up on Thursday and has since been taken down. Another one will be set up in Portage Lakes in two weeks.