The annual Breast Cancer Brick Auction sells bricks painted by local artists and celebrities

Hundreds of pieces of brick art are sold to raise money for cancer research | October 5, 2010

The ninth annual Breast Cancer Brick Auction is being held at Xavier’s Cintas Center on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Bricks painted by local artists and celebrities are auctioned to benefit breast cancer research, advocacy and patient support in the area. Admission and parking are free.

Bricks Along the Journey was started by Ellen B. Ganson, who said being diagnosed with breast cancer felt like she had been hit with a ton of bricks. Instead of giving in to that defeated feeling, she decided to use the image of bricks in a positive way to symbolize laying a path of hope.

Ganson devised the idea of asking local artists to transform bricks into beautiful objects of art. This symbolizes the journey women and men with breast cancer experience as they struggle with the debilitating nature of this disease and yet commit themselves to rejuvenate, rebuild and beautify life. Xavier faculty and students have contributed a number of bricks to the auction.

Breast cancer is so prevalent that the inspirations artists write for their brick art often reflect their own personal experiences or those of friends and relatives. More than 300 artists from over a dozen states donate their time and talents for the Breast Cancer Silent Brick Auction.

Hundreds of pieces of brick art will be available in multiple media including glass, mosaic, oil, tile, ceramic, fiber and collage, among others. Beginning bids range in price, while the average brick goes for around $75. Please visit to see samples and for more information about the Ellen B. Ganson Foundation.

Proceeds from past auctions have benefitted multiple agencies that work to improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients in Greater Cincinnati.

The 2010 beneficiaries include the Mary Jo Cropper Breast Care Center at Bethesda North Hospital, Cancer Family Care, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Hereditary Cancer Program, FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, Mercy Hospital Anderson Women’s Center, The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Great Beginnings Teen Breast Health Program.