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Bras for Breast Cancer

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Some big, others small, old ones and news ones, as well as bras decorated with themes, feathers and beads. They were all hanging together about 130 feet over the Mississippi River.

"For every bra that we collect Riverwalk will donate $1," said Riverwalk Casino and Hotel's Marketing Manager Shellye Loper.

A total of 16,144 bras from across the world were collected for the Riverwalk Casino and Hotel's 5th annual "Bras for Breast Cancer" awareness event and fundraiser.

The bras extended about three-fourths of a mile across the 1.6 mile Old Highway 80 Bridge. In addition to raising money for the American Cancer Society and raising awareness about breast cancer, the Bras for Breast Cancer event also has another purpose.

"The bras will go to women's shelters as well as the Salvation Army," Loper said.

Several checks were also donated, pulling in more than $21,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Just about everyone has a story when it comes to breast cancer.

"My sister is fighting breast cancer in Meridian and we've been doing this a couple of years as a tribute to her," said Vicksburg resident, Wayne Stroupe.

Members of "Blacks in Government" collected 200 of the bras. Mazella Thomas is one of those members.

"My sister lost her fight of breast cancer and October marks 10 years for her so it was a memorable occasion for me," Thomas said.

Thomas' friend Jacqueline Latham also lost a sister to breast cancer. Latham said she became emotional before coming out to the bridge.

"I was crying this morning because I feel so good about helping and I will always help," said Latham.

Advocates fighting to end breast cancer hope the community continues to band together like the bras, to find a cure for breast cancer.

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