One East Texas woman is graciously asking for your bra! Cynthia Clark has been collecting bras every October for three years and she's at it again. The Gilmer resident has already collected more than 800 bras, a personal record, and it's just half way through Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The drive down highway 271 is lined with trees, wildlife, and natural beauty, but not usually bras.
"Hey, I saw you had bras on your fence, and I said 'yeah, well donate some and I'll hang yours,'" Cynthia Clark said as she leaned against her fence, where colorful bras are tied on with zip ties.
Sure, it's not your typical yard decor, but it's for a good cause.
"Awareness, especially to young women, because you always hear 'okay if you're over 45 or 50, yeah go for your mammogram;' I was 27," she said.
She said the idea first came to her after a mastectomy in 2009. "I didn't know what to do with my bras and I asked my husband if I could put ‘em up on the flagpole and he said no."
Cynthia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in her 20's. Now, she's sending a big message, "if one woman would get a mammogram just by looking at my fence, going 'oh, I gotta get that done.'"
Ladies, if you're in the area, Cynthia invites you to whip off your bra for her fence. Remember your pen, because you can sign the bras to honor those with breast cancer. Men are welcome to drop off a bra, too.
She's got a lot of support; local businesses even have drop boxes. Her husband has come around, too.
"If anyone wants to come out and put a bra on the fence, they're more than welcome, anytime, you know, but this is her thing, you know," Arthur Clark, her husband, said.
"And when he's on the road, he gets women to give him bras. I'm not sure if I like that idea," she laughed.
But when she suggested hanging bras from the flagpole, Arthur's reaction was, "I came in off the road pulled in the driveway and said 'oh, my God.'"
So she lets them swing in the breeze.
"But boy, if we'd get checked and get that early detection, that's everything," she said.
If you want to add your bra to Cynthia's collection, head north out of Gilmer on Old Hwy 271. She is just past Gilmer on the right. You definitely can't miss it.
The collection has doubled each year Cynthia has done this. This year her goal is more than 2,000 bras. She has received them from all across the US and even other countries.
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