10:26 PM EDT, September 2, 2011
FRANKLIN CO., Va.
A store window in Moneta is raising eyebrows-- underwear is on display.
But it's all for a good cause and all homemade by some very dedicated survivors making some very bizarre bras.
In a basement outside Moneta, a group of breast cancer survivors are hard at work; bursting at the seams with bras.
What started as a few pieces to auction off for charity has turned into an awareness campaign, cup by cup.
"One lady said she couldn't believe each one was so different, she was really astounded at all the different designs that wed come up with," says survivor Cindy Sanders.
The women live in Franklin County, where they say the mammography rates are much lower than the national average. So they put them on display at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop to get all women to think about the yearly test.
"Something that our support group could do that would encourage, maybe in a humorous way, women to go ahead and get a mammogram," says fellow survivor Linda Glatt.
They're so clever and unique, the ladies say people have tried to put them on.
"We've actually had people going, 'Can you take that off the [display?]'" says Chris Brinckerhoff. "And no, they're hot glued on there for a real good reason."
And so in the basement they work, and chat-- and make their bras. All with the sense of humor that no doubt helped them conquer their cancer.
"[I just] burn myself repeatedly with the hot glue gun," she says. "Couple Band-Aids later, I would say fifteen minutes, they're done!"
You can check out the bras and make a bid on them at the Discovery Shop in Moneta.
They will be auctioned off at varoius events around the Roanoke Valley and Smith Mountain Lake this fall.
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