Bras for Cause fundraiser kicks off Thursday at Valley River Center

    Images from previous Bras for Cause events. (File/SBG)

    EUGENE, Ore. -- Local cancer patients have enough on their plate dealing with treatment and care, and financial hardships only add more stress.

    So a unique community fundraising event is providing hope to these patients so they don't have to decide between rent or treatment.

    Bras for Cause, benefiting the Oregon Cancer Foundation, will take place at Valley River Center from 4-7 p.m. Thursday.

    They are asking people to pay a $10 registration fee and they'll be handed a bra to decorate.

    In the past the foundation provided an average of around $500-600 per patient.

    "We probably provide more household assistance in terms of rent and mortgage than any other type of assistance," explains Oregon Cancer Foundation Executive Director Amy Johnston, "the second would be utilities, especially during the hot summer months and cold winter months. Utilities are a big point of stress for families; no matter what else is going on in your life you really want to keep the lights on."

    They're hoping to reach the fundraising goal of $100,000.

    The bras will be on display beginning October 1, and a dollar donation per vote will directly benefit the foundation.

    A second build-a-bra event will be held September 21.

    For more information, visit the Bras for Cause website.

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