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Whimsical brassieres help 'Make a Difference' in fight against breast cancer

October 26, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • "Fight Like A Girl" is one of the entries in the 2012 Designer Cup Challange at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown Friday. Proceeds from the event benefit the John R. Marsh Cancer Center and the Make a Difference Breast Cancer Screening Program.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Thirty-eight thought-provoking women’s undergarments were on display Friday night at Robinwood Professional Center for the 2012 John R. Marsh Cancer Center Designer Cup Challenge.

More than 100 tickets were sold for the event and a silent auction was held for the whimsical brassieres and other donated items, said Trudy Joslin, who co-chaired the event with Carrie Starkey, both of Meritus Medical Center’s Make a Difference Cancer Screening program.

The Washington County Health Department held this event the past two years, but in 2012 the cancer center took over so it could be used as a fundraising event, Joslin said.

Veteran Verda Henry entered the winning bra, “Cooking Up a Cure,” with frying pans of bacon and eggs strategically placed. Henry said she won the first competition and placed third last year.

“I came to support our bra,” said Trisha Ramirez, who works in the lab at Tri-State Health Partners. They had entered a baseball-themed bra, “Safe at Second Base.”

“Two Boobs Running for Office” by Hair Port 3 won in the F-Cup (for funny) category. From the wearer’s point of view, President Obama was on the left and GOP nominee Mitt Romney was on the right.

It was good fun to raise money for a serious cause.

Make a Difference Breast Cancer Screening last year provided 388 participants with education and clinical exams and 299 mammograms, said Meritus Health Chief Nursing Officer Jesus Cepero.

Dr. Kerri Hesley of Diagnostic Imaging Services advocated for women in their 40s to continue getting annual screening mammograms. That was contrary to a controversial recommendation a few years ago by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that the tests should be given every other year for women beginning in their 50s.

Other awards were given out in Cups A through D, for artistic, bodacious, cancer-themed and delightful, Joslin said. Her entry, “Fight Like a Girl,” with pink boxing gloves for cups, won the C-Cup ribbon.

“I thought the Hooters idea was so original, but I guess I was wrong,” said Lindsey Berry. She worked on “Hooter’s Night Out,” with friend under the name Zumba Girls.

The D-Cup winner was “Save the Hooters,” another owlish entry from Melissa Jordan.

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