In 2011 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to complications she was unable to have reconstruction surgery right away, as she had hoped.. Barb Demorest had a decision to make, what to do in the meantime. Her doctor gave her the options available. He showed her a photo of a “knitted knocker” and gave her the link for the pattern.
Barb, a knitter herself, asked her super knitter friend Phyllis for a favor. Barb asked Phyllis to knit for her, of course, Phyllis did. The story could have ended there, but it did not.
Barb knew immediately that these hand knitted prosthetics would be answered prayer for many women experiencing mastectomy. Traditional prosthetics could be hot, heavy and irritating against tender skin. They can be expensive too. It became her mission to make these Knitted Knockers available to women who need them for free, worldwide. To do that she needed to connect volunteer knitters and crocheters with breast cancer survivors, and that she did.
In 2014, Barb was recognized by the Susan G. Koman Foundation and has received world wide recognition for her vision. Volunteers work tirelessly to fill requests received from doctors, medical centers and women who request them throughout the US and world wide. People who have learned of her mission continue to support Knitted Knockers.org with financial donations, time and talents.
Knitted Knockers Support Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that is run completely by volunteers. The focus to provide these handcrafted breast prosthesis has been brought to public awareness by documentaries, social media and word of mouth. While that is a blessing it also increases the need for more volunteer knitters and crocheters as well as continued financial donations.
Patterns for knitted and crocheted “knockers” can be found at the website. http://www.knittedknockers.org
According to U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
While we can’t do everything, we can do one thing. It has been said “When fighting cancer, sometime the smallest things can make the biggest difference.”
Want more information? Just head on over to the website and see if this could be the one thing you could do.