Is­land Breast Friends knit­ted knock­ers pro­ject a suc­cess.

Is­land Breast Friends spon­sor­ing knit­ted knock­ers pro­ject

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

The Is­land Breast Friends is­sued a call for knit­ters and the pub­lic re­sponded.

Joan Chi­as­son-MacDon­ald said the re­sponse was amaz­ing after a story about knit­ted knock­ers was pub­lished in the Cape Bre­ton Post.

“We started get­ting lots of calls from peo­ple want­ing to make them and peo­ple who thought it was a great idea and were look­ing to get some.”

Is­land Breast Friends was or­ga­nized in 2002 and fo­cuses on rais­ing money for breast can­cer sur­vivors.

The knit­ters are mak­ing pros­the­ses us­ing baby yarn for women who have un­der­gone mas­tec­tomies or other breast pro­ce­dures.

Chi­as­son-MacDon­ald said one of the first calls came from He­len Horne in Mira.

“She called me … and asked if I’d send her a copy of the pat­tern,” she said. “Within a week she made 24 of them. We ap­pre­ci­ate it if some­one will even make one for us but the fact she took it upon her­self to make 24 is awe­some.”

Chi­as­son-MacDon­ald said a woman in her 80s from Newfoundland who had a mas­tec­tomy called look­ing for some and they were mailed to her.

“She is a widow and alone and it’s sad, it sounded like she wasn’t get­ting much sup­port.”

She said the knit­ted knock­ers have gained quite a bit of at­ten­tion from the pub­lic.

“We re­ally want to thank ev­ery­one who has made some or who is cur­rently mak­ing some.”

The knit­ted knock­ers pro­ject idea came from Is­land Breast Friends mem­ber Heather McNeil of New Vic­to­ria, whose cousin was re­cov­er­ing from breast can­cer and had just got­ten a pros­the­sis that was heavy and hot. McNeil went on­line and found a pat­tern for the knit­ted knock­ers.

McNeil said she has been hear­ing amaz­ing sto­ries.

“Some of the emo­tional sto­ries of peo­ple who couldn’t go out as they didn’t feel com­fort­able and if this worked it was go­ing to be some­thing they’d be so happy about.”

She said they have also re­ceived mon­e­tary dona­tions as well as dona­tions of yarn.

“I went to one house and got two big buck­ets of yarn. Some of it was great for the knock­ers and the rest we can use for mak­ing scarves to put in our com­fort bas­kets. The sup­port we have got­ten is ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

She said they have also heard from var­i­ous li­brary knit­ting groups whose mem­bers want to learn how to make knit­ted knock­ers.

The Is­land Breast Friends also make com­fort bas­kets filled with items for peo­ple bat­tling breast can­cer and add a note ask­ing the re­cip­i­ent if they’d like knit­ted knock­ers to let them know.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Joan Chi­as­son-MacDon­ald of New Water­ford, a mem­ber of the Is­land Breast Friends, shows knit­ted knock­ers which are distributed to breast can­cer sur­vivors. Chi­as­son-MacDon­ald said an ap­peal for knit­ters to make the knock­ers was a suc­cess.

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