After the Storm on Lake Winnebago
It’s not often you drive across a bridge and see hundreds of bras strung on a clothesline that reaches from one end to the other. Drivers were honking their horns as they drove over the Fox River Bridge on College Avenue in Appleton, Wisconsin.
What’s going on? It’s too early for a wedding, as I was driving over the bridge tears were running down my cheeks. I saw a lot of support for Breast Cancer Awareness. I was overwhelmed, I pulled over and walked up the bridge and there was a tent from 95.9 Kiss FM. Doug and Mary were hosting the event and doing a live broadcast and inviting people to bring and string their bras for support and awareness for Breast Cancer. The goal was to string bras across the length of two bridges (Appleton and Green Bay) that span across the Fox River.
People were encouraged to bring bras to either bridge from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and hang them up in remembrance of anyone who died at the hand of breast cancer and also in support of breast cancer survivors.
“This was a crazy idea I had as I was crossing the bridge shortly after a friend of mine died of breast cancer. I had this vision…bras linked like women standing together in unity. ARM in arm…fighting, laughing, crying, celebrating, mourning…” Mary wrote on her blog.
While I was taking pictures I had the opportunity to meet breast cancer survivors and hear their amazing stories and seen women hugging, encouraging each other and whispering “Never give up”
I had tears in my eyes while reading amazing yet personal notes pinned to the bras.
As I took time to read the notes on the bras I realized one thing; that men get breast cancer too. I work in the medical field and I’m ashamed that I never knew this.
I was born and grew up in Mexico and back in the 1970’s and 80’s (Even today) society told us that man are not suppose to wear anything pink. Guess what? Times are changing and We need to be the Change!
I wanted to share a amazing story. On the very same day, around 2 Pm they only needed 57 bras to reach the other side of the College Avenue Bridge, Doug announced on the radio that a lady named “Angel” just stopped and dropped 50 brand new bras (with the tags still attached) to string along the bridge and later be distributed for woman in need, plus a substantial amount of money to continue the research.
The event was supposed to be from 6 AM to 5 PM and by 3 pm the Vision was already seen. See, stories like this encourage us and help us make a difference.
I’m leaving you with this quote from Mary (From the Doug and Mary Radio Show) “I love the idea of celebrating women. If we can have some fun and laugh together more…we can make it through anything that comes our way…including breast cancer!”
Every summer the Port of Green Bay, Wisconsin celebrates the Tall Ships Festival. I had a blast taking lots of pictures. I even took pictures of The Bounty; the same ship that was used for the movie called Mutiny on the Bounty. as I was picking up my gear I heard the loudest horn blast and saw a lot of people running towards the draw bridge and there it was: The Alpena, A huge ship, it’s length was an average of two city blocks.
I know people don’t want to see pictures of winter and frosty images yet but the starkness and beauty of this image stood out to me so I wanted to share it with you.