July 23, 2016

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Bras hold message across Medina Township bridge

MEDINA TWP. — Scores of multicolored bras covered the railings of the Fenn Road bridge over the Rocky River on Wednesday.

The display, which promotes breast cancer awareness, was the last of seven similar ones in Summit, Stark and Portage counties.

Passing motorists did a double-take Wednesday at some unusual decorations on the bridge over the Rocky River on Fenn Road in Medina Township. Scores of multicolored bras adorned the railings to raise awareness of breast cancer awareness. The display was sponsored by the Celtic Club of Ohio. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

It had been planned for the end of October, but was delayed until Wednesday because of bad weather.

The promotion, called “Celtic Club Fights Breast Cancer/Bras across the Crooked River,” was sponsored by the Celtic Club of Ohio.

Club president Jim Collver, an Akron resident, said the club had been doing the displays for three years, but this was the first time Medina County had been used as a location.

“We’re trying to increase awareness of breast cancer,” he said. “The displays convey a message of hope.”

Collver said he had a personal connection to cancer. About five years ago, his girlfriend died of lung cancer, he said.

Also, this year’s events were held in memory of his aunt, Charlotte Ruckel, who died at 28 of breast cancer in 1948.

Also, the club held a bra donation drive at more than 60 donation sites in six counties throughout the August and September. Elegant Essentials and Century Cycles in Medina participated as donation sites.
The bras were donated to domestic violence shelters in the various counties.

Collver said the group collected more than 4,000 bras in six counties and about 300 in Medina County.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.