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Published October 23, 2013, 10:52 AM

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

FARGO - A piece of art, near and dear to breast cancer survivors and those who have lost loved ones to the disease, will be featured at the Bras on Broadway event Thursday night at the Hotel Donaldson.

By: Kevin Wallevand, Forum News Service, INFORUM

FARGO - A piece of art, near and dear to breast cancer survivors and those who have lost loved ones to the disease, will be featured at the Bras on Broadway event Thursday night at the Hotel Donaldson.

Artist Perry Rust created "Dancing in the Rain" from a piece of glass with blank holes drilled in it. The piece spent more than 500 hours firing in a kiln.

Rust gathered together a group of women who have become friends to create the art.

Kirstin Erickson, who recently finished treatment for breast cancer, said her support group F-M Breast Friends "have provided me so much support and love during my journey this past year and it continues."

Pam Strait said she relied on her friends at Theatre B for support during her breast cancer battle.

The artwork features her copper wire wig, her mother's thimble, fire, and a fan for the hot flashes.

"It has been a real healing piece for me, very emotional," Strait said.

A hole in the middle of the piece remains empty.

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

Rust said this piece has changed him. He said the name of the artwork is aptly named.

"When my friend lost his spouse her whole life revolved around not the storm but learning how to dance in the rain," he said.

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

"Perry provided us a means to express what it was like to walk the journey we took," Strait said.

The art piece will be part of the silent auction at Bras on Broadway. The event is sold out but contributions can be made at brasonbroadway.com.

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