“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
When I first read about Knitted Knockers I admit to wincing—kind of a throwback to the bad old days of slang terms for breasts. But by the time I finished reading about the amazing project of Barbara Demorest of Bellingham, Washington I was over it.
It’s impossible to go to her website at http://www.knittedknockers.org/ and not come away with admiration and maybe a little energy to make Margaret Mead’s observation real in your world.
Here’s enough about Knitted Knockers to get you started – either inspired or even better – helping – starting with the need:
- There are over 50,000 mastectomies in the United States alone each year. Breast cancer affects 1 out of every 8 women in their lifetime.
- Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.
- Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty, and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery.
- Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful, and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast.
- Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.
- Special volunteer knitters provide these free to any one requesting them.
While writing this blog I found a website that outlines “how to” information to start your own volunteer project. Here’s the website:
It doesn’t have to be Knitted Knockers (although they need help and serve women throughout the U.S). We also know that giving of our time and talent volunteering to help someone else or assisting in a worthy cause increases our own well being.