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16 thousand bras hang from Vicksburg's Old Mississippi River Bridge

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VICKSBURG, MS. (KNOE 8 News)- How many bras do you think it takes to span the over 8-thousand foot width of the Mississippi river? Well the Riverwalk Casino Hotel found out this morning at their breast cancer fundraising event.

People driving across the Mississippi River Bridge at Vicksburg Thursday morning saw an interesting spectacle nearby. Over 16 thousand bras of every size shape and color lined the entire span of the bridge.
It was all a part of the Riverwalk Casino Hotel's 5th annual "Bras for Breast Cancer" fundraiser.

"It gets the community involved in breast cancer awareness and breast cancer research" said Shellye Loper, Riverwalk Marketing Manager. "For each bra hanging along this bridge, one dollar was donated by the Riverwalk Casino for breast cancer research. That plus an anonymous 5 thousand dollar donations brought the total donated amount to 21 thousand dollars.

But for breast cancer survivors, the bras don't just signify money. It symbolizes the sheer amount of community support, filling one survivor's eyes with tears of gratitude. With breast cancer affecting one in eight women, many people have seen someone suffer by it, including Riverwalk marketing director Cheryl Duhon, who watched her grandmother battle the disease. "Watching her strength just moved me to want to do something" said Duhon.

She hopes the display over the river reminds everyone to pay attention to their health. "We have to act otherwise this dreadful disease will, we'll all be a victim of some way shape or form." Organizers hope to collect even more money and bras next year. It took three hours to hang all of those bras.

If you're interested in donating a bra next year, contact the Riverwalk casino hotel to find out how.

Riverwalk Casino Hotel:

1046 Warrenton Road  Vicksburg, MS 39180

(601) 634-0100


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