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OHIO: 3,000 Littered Panties Will Be Used as Part of Cancer Awareness Display in Cincinnati
Carl Burnett Jr.
January 24, 2012
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (01.13.12) - Tuesday, January 24,

Thousands of panties found hanging near the intersection of Crawfis and Savage Hill roads in August will be used to raise awareness of gynecological cancers.

After they were discovered by Fairfield County Litter Control Deputy Gary Hummel and Berne Township Trustee Jim Carmichael, the panties were collected as evidence. Though authorities had some viable leads, "it didn't pan out to anything," said Hummel.

When Stacy Holbert heard about the case, she contacted Hummel. "She told me that when the case was over, she'd like to get all the panties for a cancer awareness program that goes on down near Cincinnati every year. They hang them on a bridge down there," Hummel recalled.

Holbert, through the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope, will hang the panties on the pedestrian Purple People Bridge that connects Cincinnati to Newport, Ky. "It's in honor of my sister, Jaymie Jamison, who passed away on Feb. 6, 2010, due to cervical cancer," said Holbert. "She was 34 years old when she died. She left behind four great children and a husband." "We started stressing educational awareness on cervical cancer, but have now expanded to gynecological cancer awareness," said Holbert. Each pair symbolizes a woman that will lose her life to gynecological cancer. "Last year, we were able to string four rows of panties across the bridge. With this donation, we are going to be able to do a lot more." The kickoff awareness effort on July 14 will offer information on the prevention and treatment of gynecological cancer.