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Bye-bye bras: Fargo fundraiser for breast cancer patients ending

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This fall, bras might become underwear again in Fargo.

For the last 11 Octobers they've been on the outside –draping the brick wall of the Hotel Donaldson and spanning Broadway with a garland of decorated brassieres.

The Bras on Broadway event has raised money to pay for gas cards and lodging for Minnesota and North Dakota breast cancer patients, some of whom travel long distances to get to their hospital treatments.

Donated undergarments were artistically decorated during a "BRAzaar," auctioned off at a fashion show, and then strung together to form an installation that was an annual spectacle downtown.

Karen Stoker, the owner of the Hotel Donaldson was the impetus behind it all. But the Fargo Forum reports Stoker and her team told supporters in an email this week: "Bras on Broadway has simply outgrown the Hotel Donaldson's capacity."

A companion event called Bros on Broadway has been raising money for prostate cancer patients in March and that, too, is ending.

Donations can still be made online and Stoker writes in her email: "Over the coming year, we'll be working with community leaders to see how a new rendition may continue our region's tradition of helping our neighbors," the Forum says.

Money from Bras on Broadway was used to purchase $200 gas cards that social workers and patient navigators at local hospitals then distributed to patients, Fargo Monthly explained last fall. They say 140 miles is the average distance traveled by local breast cancer patients.

WDAY reports that in its 11-year life Bras on Broadway raised more than $1 million.

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Bras on Broadway: Fargo's annual fundraiser puts undergarments on the outside

Bras are usually worn by women, not hotels. But there's an annual exception in late October in downtown Fargo. The Hotel Donaldson is lined with brassieres of donors to the Bras on Broadway fundraiser. It raises money to help with lodging and gas expenses of women who travel to Fargo for breast cancer treatment.