How Bras for Cause began
Dandelions Flowers & Gifts in Eugene has been a family-run business for more than 40 years. Over that time, owner Shirley Lyons and her daughter Toviana Jackson have come to know their customers well, during the good times and the not-so-good times.
“We see the births, we see the deaths, we see illness, and we send flowers for those occasions,” Shirley says. “So our work is touching people’s lives during the greatest and most difficult times in their lives.”
In 2012, Shirley and Toviana were compelled to create an event that would bring awareness to breast cancer and raise money to support patients going through treatment. Borrowing a concept that has been used around the country, Bras for Cause was born: Invite people to decorate a bra, put the creations on display, and encourage the community to donate by voting for their favorites.