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It's our dream to share the gift of these Knitted Knockers simple solutions with breast cancer survivors and their supporters everywhere.

Of course, since they're light as air... not much "support" is needed 😉 (Cue: Drummer Rim Shot & Laugh Track) Sorry, we couldn't resist.

We obviously like to focus, literally, on the "lighter" side of this issue because there's already enough emotions and trauma for those of us who have experienced this ourselves, or know a loved one who has. With over 50,000 mastectomies in the United States alone each year… this could help brighten and improve the lives of so many women.

This idea of organizing and offering these Knitted Knockers as a free gift to breast cancer survivors won a nationwide contest this year that included a trip to visit the Susan G. Komen headquarters as their guest. This concluded with the honor of our founder, Barbara Demorest, being 1 of only 4 other people, (other than Susan G. Komen herself), to be permanently displayed on the Susan G. Komen Headquarters Promise Wall.

Our goal is to multiply the inspiration of GIFTING these to other breast cancer survivors in our community, our country, and around the world.

Thank you so much for helping share this dream of helping others with your fans and viewers.

With Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, this is an amazing opportunity to help spread the message about this great alternative. We know you’ll be looking for ways to help bring awareness to breast cancer which affects 1 out of every 8 women in their lifetime. Because of that we’ve made all the video and resources easily available for you here.

We love to present the story of knitted knockers at every opportunity to help spread the word about the gift of knitted knockers to women who have had a mastectomy made by caring volunteers. Some of the points we like to include in interviews are:

  • Our mission is connecting volunteer knitters (and crocheters) with breast cancer survivors to provide free knitted knockers.
  • We do this by inspiring and equipping volunteers to make them. Knittedknockers.org has free patterns and videos on how to make great knitted knockers. The patterns have been downloaded 500,000 times.
  • We did not invent knitted knockers but rather approached the young woman in Maine who had named them after making some for herself to see if I could use the name and share them freely with others. She was thrilled as she was no longer able to.
    We have over 300 groups registered with us in 49 states and 16 countries.

We recently sent 100 knitted knockers to the women of Rwanda where reconstruction is not an option for most women. We are working with them to provide them with the resources to make them for themselves in the future.
There are 3 ways that people can help:

  1. If you can knit or crochet, make knitted knockers. We are sending out well over 200 a week free to women all over the world and can only do it because of the wonderful volunteers willing to make them.
  2. Share with your friends on social media. Like and share us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (@knitted_knocker), etc. This helps us to reach out to the hundreds of thousands of women living in the US right now that have not been reconstructed after mastectomy.

We always make a point of emphasizing that we are knittedknockers.ORG out of Washington state as it can be confusing with so many groups using the name. Another great group is knittedknockersusa.com out of Arizona but we are knittedknockers.org.
We usually share some comments that have come in from grateful recipients but also share how we benefit by making them and knowing we are making a difference in women’s lives. We can give you some cool comments if you like.
Some quick facts:

  • 1 out of 8 women will experience breast cancer sometime in their lifetime
  • There are 50,000 mastectomies done a year in the US alone and 90% will wear a breast prosthesis at least for awhile
  • Knittedknockers.org provides free patterns, downloaded 500,000 times
  • Our videos have been viewed 280,000
  • Postage alone is over $2,000 per month
  • We meet weekly in Bellingham, WA to stuff, process and fill the week’s orders. We are sending out over 200 a week. Most recently though it’s been 1,000 per month. We can only do that because of those amazing volunteers!
  • We love it when an individual or group making knockers registers with us on our provider directory so others can find them to help out.
  • Many women find the traditional breast prosthesis hot, heavy, and expensive.
  • We work with many medical centers across the country to provide knitted knockers directly to their patients. We have over 250 medical clinics registered with us.

People can get more information on how to help by going to www.knittedknockers.org and filling out the contact form. We will send them more information on ways they can help.

 

Youtube link to view/stream: The Woman Behind KnittedKnockers.org

Click HERE to download the HD video file.

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Youtube link to: The Woman Behind KnittedKnockers.org (Without our graphics so that you can insert your own.)
(See interviewee names and lower 3rd keys below)

Click HERE to download the HD video file (With No Graphics and Split Track Audio (Voice-overs LEFT / music RIGHT) for simplified editing

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The Woman Behind KnittedKnockers.org - graphic name keys and timecode:
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0:00 minutes/seconds -
Barbara Demorest
Founder of KnittedKnockers.org
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0:50
Knit Night Party
Barb Sharing Her Story
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2:22
Phyllis Kramer
Barb's Knitted Knocker Hero
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3:09
Dr. Cary Kaufman
Breast Surgeon
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3:21
Julie Sheets
Reconstructive Surgery Nurse
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6:21
Andrea Evans
Owner of Apple Yarns
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Knitted Knocker Graphics:
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To schedule an interview with Barbara Demorest.

Video Director / Producer contact: Greg Otterholt