Breast cancer survivors donate bras for low-income women


Lightly-used, laundered and tagged bras are raising awareness for breast cancer, and survivors of the disease are leading the charge.

“I am a 2.5-year breast cancer survivor, and about six months after I had the surgery, I realized it was time to clean out the bra drawer,” said Amanda Bergman, Board Member, Brem Foundation.

Though hesitant to say goodbye to her array of undergarments, Bergman decided to donate them to an acquaintance in need.

“Then I realized, ‘I’m not the only woman who ever had breast surgery, had to clean out their bra drawer and didn’t know what to do with their bras,’” Bergman said.

This birthed a new initiative called Re-Bra, a collaboration between the Brem Foundation and Interfaith Works.

“It turned for me what was a very sad and difficult experience into something so incredibly positive,” Bergman said.

This week, Interfaith Works accepted its first donation of 1,000 bras.

Director of Family Services at Interfaith Works, Monica Barberbis-Young, said a little lift makes the world of a difference for low-income women trying to break into a professional field.

“We want to empower women, and I think this is a good beginning to get that done and to have them feel that they’re in the game,” Barberbis-Young said.

Young said this will be an ongoing relationship and encourages all women who are cleaning out their closets to think of Interfaith Works.

Pure Barre locations in the DMV area will collect bras to donate to the Re-Bra initiative throughout October.

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