A year has passed since Ellen Bernstein Ganson lost a heroic battle with breast cancer at the age of 49, but the unusual local fundraiser she co-founded to fight the disease lives on.
With “Bricks Along the Journey,” artists transform bricks salvaged from buildings into beautiful works of art, which are then auctioned. The money goes to the Greater Cincinnati Breast Cancer Alliance’s Ellen B. Ganson Fund, which benefits programs and patients exclusively in Cincinnati. Bricks auctions have raised more than $100,000, and contributed to getting a Cincinnati delegate on the National Board of the Breast Cancer Alliance.
Marcia Levitas, a breast cancer survivor, began the project with Ganson and created the prototype painted brick. The women saw the bricks as symbols of life, rejuvenation and hope, and a metaphor for the journey women experience with this debilitating disease as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Or, as the web site (www.breastcancerbricks.org) puts it: “We take these bricks that have been knocked down and bring them to life again.”
The 6th Annual Breast Cancer Brick Silent Auction is Sunday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center. The opening bid is $25 per brick.