October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and here at Carolina Breast Friends' Pink House, we kicked it off in a fun, visible way on September 30, when Charlotte's Pink Lady Fire Truck delivered hundreds of knitted breast prostheses created with yarn donated from independently owned yarn shops in town.
This amazing donation was a result of the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and whose collaborative power has grown greatly. Say's one of this year's organizers, Ladianne Henderson of Cheers to Ewe yarn shop, "So many area knitters put their time into this, and it's so good to see the fruits of their labor be so well received."
These prostheses, known as knitted knockers, are preferred by many breast cancer Survivors because they are less heavy and hot than standard medical prostheses. They are made with cotton yarn and come in all sizes. And now we have 455 of them at the Pink House to give to breast cancer Survivors who need them!
Last year the yarn crawl donated the prostheses to the Levine Cancer Institute. This year, we are so excited and grateful that they chose us as their recipient charity. Knitters worked for more than a week with yarn donated from area yarn shops. Then on September 30, the Pink Lady Firetruck made the rounds, picking up bags of knitted knockers and then delivering them all to us at the Pink House. What a fun afternoon!
We are so thankful to the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl and to all the yarn shops who helped make this possible: Cottage Yarn, The Fibre Studio At Yarns To Dye For, A Tangled Yarn Shop, A Basket of Yarn, Tangles Knitting On Main, Cheers To Ewe, Things Remembered Custom Framing and Yarn, and Charlotte Yarn.
If you are in need of a breast prosthesis and would like to try the knitted variety, please be in touch with us at 704-377-7773 or stop by the Pink House during our standard hours of operation, Monday Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We also have commercially made prostheses, wigs, bras, mastectomy pillows and other helpful items to ease your journey--all free of charge.