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Published October 22, 2013, 07:42 PM

Local breast cancer survivors and artist collaborate to make a memory piece

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When hundreds gather for Bras on Broadway Thursday night, the sold out event will feature a piece of art, near and dear to the heart of breast cancer survivors, and those who have lost loved ones to the disease.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When hundreds gather for Bras on Broadway Thursday night, the sold out event will feature a piece of art, near and dear to the heart of breast cancer survivors, and those who have lost loved ones to the disease.

Artist Perry Rust gathered together a group of strangers, now dear friends, who turned a piece of glass into healing.

“The medallion of courage”

After more than 500 hours of firing in the kiln, "Dancing in the Rain" is done.

What started as piece of glass with blank holes drilled,

“The wings turned out beautifully.”

is now a chunk of victory, remembrance and a celebration of survival.

Kristen Erickson/Breast Cancer Survivor: “I mean, more friendships and just the experience of meeting this wonderful people.”

Kristin Erickson just recently finished treatment for breast cancer. She never knew the ladies who joined her in creating copper, metal and glass object to embed in the piece of glass.

Erickson: “All the little ladies, out of copper.”

A symbol of her support group, “F-M Breast Friends.”

Erikson: “They have provided me so much support and love during my journey this past year and it continues.”

Pam Strait/Cancer Survivor: “That’s my wig in wire.”

Pam Strait, relied on her friends at Theatre B for support during her journey,

Strait: “Genetics. My mom had breast cancer.”

In the art, a copper wire wig, her mother's thimble, fire, and a fan for the hot-flashes.

Strait: “It has been a real healing piece for me, very emotional.”

The women have gathered several days in recent months, with artist Perry Rust,

Perry Rust/Artist: “I was concerned, that was a big chunk of metal.”

who has made beautiful treasures in kilns before, but this piece changed him.

Rust: “The piece is called ‘Dancing in the rain’ and when my friend lost his spouse her whole life revolved around not the storm but learning how dancing in the rain.”

Names of those who have battled breast cancer started on back wall of a shop, and now made it to the art piece. And the hole in the middle is sadly, significant.

Rust: “Two things we decided on right away, to leave a hole open, dead center, because it just never goes away.”

The angel wings, the ribbons, the lips and symbols of faith all have played a role in one the journeys.

Strait: “Perry provided us a means to express to what it was like to walk the journey we took.”

All saved in glass as a reminder how far they've come after news of a diagnosis, brought them to their knees.

Strait: “We so totally rocked this.”

The art piece will be part of the Silent Auction at Bras on Broadway.

While the HoDO event is sold out, bids and contributions can be made at brasonbroadway.com

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