MOSS POINT -- The Highway 613 bridge in Moss Point was festooned Saturday with thousands of decorated bras as hundreds of people hoped to raise money during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The fifth annual "Bras Across the River" is a fundraiser for breast cancer research and awareness. More than 3,000 bras were collected by Singing River Federal Credit Union and then hung along the bridge over the Escatawpa River.
SRFCU donated $1 for each bra collected.
"Our goal was to raise at least $5,000 and we surpassed that before we even started today," event organizer Jerica Hudson said. "We hung the bras to the crest of the bridge. Each year we want to add more and more and until we reach the other end."
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Approximately 600 people participated in a charity walk across the bridge during the fundraiser.
Participants, many of whom were dressed in pink, could walk the entire two-mile bridge course or walk to the halfway point where they were encouraged to sign a wall declaring their participation.
"The reason we do the walk is to bring awareness to breast cancer and raise money for the cause and to bring notoriety to our survivors, Hudson said. "We had about 50 survivors participate in the walk. They bought the battle and they are still here with us."
Lillian J. Cherry has lived as a breast cancer survivor for five years. She said the event is a great way for others to learn about breast cancer and its survivors.
"It's encouraging for people to see people that have survived cancer," Cherry said. "Medical science has changed so much. People can live a long time as a successful survivor, but I encourage all women to get their mammograms."
Some participants said they were making the trek across the bridge in memory of loved ones who lost the battle to cancer.
"We did this last year," Tonya Taylor said. "We are doing this in memory of my aunt who died from cancer."
Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield had a personal connection to the fundraiser.
"This is a very necessary event," he said. "I lost someone in my family to cancer. Moss Point is a beautiful place and this is a significant event for a worthwhile cause."