‘Knitted Knockers’ boost self-confidence of breast cancer survivors

November 17, 2016 06:08 PM

Two local women are trying to help breast cancer survivors, and they’re doing it with just a knitting needle and some yarn.

When Amie Gerard was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, there was so much to take in that her mind was racing.

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Little did this mother of two know that once the surgery was done she would face yet another battle -- trying to look normal again.

However, the traditional prosthetics were not just heavy, they also irritated her scars and at $300 a pop were unusable.

Then, she discovered "Knitted Knockers." They look like hand warmers or booties and at a very fragile time in her life, they gave Gerard her self-confidence back.

The Knitted Knockers Support Foundation is a national organization that tries to give breast cancer survivors a little bit of their life back.

Michele Wever and her friend, Mary Lou Burke, recently started a local chapter to offer the free knit prosthetics to breast cancer survivors.

They’ve been dropped off at offices like New York Oncology Hematology.

For Gerard, it's a chance at a normal life.

More information:

Knitted Knockers Organization



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