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Extra Support

Every year in Nassau County, more than 200 women – mothers, daughters, wives and friends – die from breast cancer. According to the New York Cancer Registry, an average of 1,265 cases of breast cancer are reported annually within Nassau County.

Hicksville residents Samantha Bowen and Fran Mulholland recently created artistic bras with a personal touch – one way in which many Nassau County residents are providing physical and moral support for those suffering from breast cancer. “One important part of the celebration is the self-esteem that each breast cancer survivor gets back as a result of breast reconstruction. As the scars slowly fade away, so does the physical reminder of what she’s been through. She can reclaim her life and celebrate each new day,” said Mulholland, noting the inspiration for her design, “Celebrating Another Birthday.”

Bowen, a member of the Eta pledge class of the Delta Sigma Pi sorority, commented on the inspiration for her group’s bra.

“This bra is important to us because it symbolizes how many women we know fighting this battle, how strong and beautiful they truly are. The Eta pledge class is determined and won’t stop fighting alongside their loved ones until there is a cure to end breast cancer,” Bowen said on behalf of her group.

The two bras, along with dozens of other bras from the Creative Cups program, will be showcased at Adelphi University on March 14 and auctioned as part of Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support program.

Creative Cups, now in its third year, “encourages artistic expression in celebration of the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease,” according to the organization’s website.

“We are all connected to fight off breast cancer in one way or another and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to join together and create something that will be a reminder as to why we are fighting to find the cure,” Bowen said.  

For more information, visit http://www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer/index.html.