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
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.