Bras for a Cause Fights Breast Cancer

By Lorne Fultonberg

September 29, 2012 Updated Oct 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The second annual Bras for a Cause raised more than $500 in the fight against breast cancer.

The event is coordinated by the YWCA and benefits the Encore Plus program. Encore Plus provides transportation and grant money to women who need help.

The proceeds of the event go to help women find and pay for breast and cervical health screenings.

"I think women don't get screenings for different reasons," said Crystal Lown, Program Coordinator of Encore Plus. "I think a lot of them have to do with a lot of it's fear. A lot of it is they're uninsured, they can't afford it. A lot of them live in rural areas and can't get transportation into town to get the screenings."

Event organizers said hundreds showed up to the South Washington Street Bridge Saturday to enjoy food and goods from local vendors.

The day concluded with a run in stiletto heels for both women and men.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, bras will hang above the South Washington Street Bridge and the Memorial Bridge will be lit in pink.

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