Grand Rapids, Mich. - Join the American Cancer Society at Bras Across the Grand on Saturday, October 20 from 10 to 1pm at Gillett Pedestrian Bridge near Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. Bras Across the Grand creates breast cancer awareness and educates participants on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. It also serves as a celebration for survivors, support for those fighting, and a time of reflection for those who have lost loved ones in the battle. This family, friendly event offers residence a chance to be creative and show their support. Bras Across the Grand will consist of:

• Bra and T-shirt decorating ($5 donation), which will be displayed in the "chain of hope" along the bridge
• Bra decorating contest
• 12:oo pm survivor celebration
• Silent auction
• Fashion show
• Food and beverage venders
• Beauty/jewelry venders
• And much more

In addition, Iron Eagle Motorcycle Shop in Grand Rapids is organizing a motorcycle ride that day to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. They will set up their registration tent at Bras Across the Grand from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will make their way to their bikes and depart the event at 11:30 a.m. for an 85-mile rally-style ride that includes two stops. Registration is $20 and includes a BBQ lunch back at Iron Eagle when their ride is over about 2 p.m. Anyone interested can call Iron Eagle at (616) 475-6610.

"More than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year," said Cindy Mackey, director, American Cancer Society Northwest Michigan office. "The Society reminds all women 40 and older to have a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam. In addition, women ages 20 to 39 should receive a clinical breast exam once every three years. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98% when it is diagnosed in the earliest stages."

For more information about Bras Across the Grand, please call (616) 364-6121 or email

Courtesy: American Cancer Society