Every three minutes in the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. That's why October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "A woman dies every 13 minutes from breast cancer. One out of eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime," said Brenda Wilson.
Brenda Wilson is a breast cancer survivor along with her mother. Her sister, Vicki Brown, is a Lubbock native, founder of A Way to Women's Wellness, and started the art bra exhibits. "This was Vicki's way of jumping in and supporting us and it just means the world that so many people got involved and created these beautiful bras to fund research money to help find a cure for breast cancer," said Wilson.
On Tuesday the decorative bras were displayed in the civic center, as part of raising awareness during 'Pinktober'. "We've seen a lot of smiles, a lot of, is that really what I think it is," said Executive Director for Lubbock Arts Alliance Elizabeth Regner.
There are 35 bras hanging in the Civic Center, each bra was made by a breast cancer survivor and has its own story to tell.
Most art bras take 6 months to a year to make. The exhibits travel all over the U.S. "The bras are just absolutely beautiful, and they are unique and different, so it's always nice to see the different artists interpretations," said Regner.
As a breast cancer survivor Wilson says the art bras are just a simple reminder of a woman's strength and hope. "I would not ever regret having breast cancer; it's probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I don't ever want to do it again, but it made me grow and become a better person and be the person that I am, and I'm stronger and I'm awesome and I can do anything," said Wilson.
The bras will be on display at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
|October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For the entire month we are highlighting the Passionately Pink for the Cure campaign. Find out what you can do to help in the fight against breast cancer in our comprehensive section.|