October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NBCAM.org describes this campagin as: "a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services."
Just a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing novelist, knitter, and breast cancer survivor Alice Hoffman about her new memoir, Survival Lessons, out today from Algonquin Books. You'll find a full write-up of the book and clips from our chat in the Winter issue of Interweave Knits.
Working on the Hoffman piece and the arrival of National Breast Cancer Month got us here at Interweave Knits thinking about what we could do to support our readers whose lives may be touched with this disease. Below we've compiled a list of resources for knitters, survivors, and supporters. Feel free to add more in the comments.
- In memory of roastmaster Amy Erickson, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1995, Caribou Coffee presents #CaribouKnits, a social media initiative that combines Facebook and Twitter with volunteer knitters to make scarves for women in treatment. See how you can get involved here
- Considering an interchangeable needle set? Five dollars from each Pink Denise set goes to breast cancer research. Find out more here.
- The Knitting Experience Cafe's Knitted Knockers program provides handknit prosthetics to mastectomy patients
- The National Breast Cancer Foundation offers lots of information and channels for donating
- Knit for a Cause Learn to Knit kit includes materials for a Fun Fur scarf, and part of the proceeds go to breast cancer research
- The Pink Pom-Pom Project is a group dedicated to supporting women fighting Breast Cancer and other Cancers by introducing crafting as a form of therapy.
- Knots of Love donates handknit and crocheted hats to men and women undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments
- The National Needlearts Association participates in ongoing breast cancer awareness programming: Stitch to WIN Against Breast Cancer and Walk to WIN Against Breast Cancer
- This pattern from Knitty for a knitted breast prosthesis has been very popular since it was published in 2005
Best wishes and happy knitting,