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 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 over 1 million 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 3,500 individuals and groups registered with us in 50 states and 30 countries.
We provided 100 knitted knockers to the women of Rwanda where reconstruction is not an option for most women. We also trained 30 Rwandan women to make them for their hospitals. A team from Kenya learned from the Rwandan women and are now providing for the women of Kenya.
There are 3 ways that people can help:
- If you can knit or crochet, make knitted knockers. We are sending out over 8,000 a month free to women all over the world and can only do it because of the wonderful volunteers willing to make them.
- 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.
- Donate. We are 100% volunteer run and survive by donations. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations can be mailed to Knitted Knockers Support Foundation, 1780 Iowa St., Bellingham, WA 98229 or made via PayPal on our website at knittedknockers.org.
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. Or you can read some unsolicited testimonies at knittedknockers.org.
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 over 1,000,000 times
- Our videos have been viewed over 600,000 times
- Postage alone is over $4,000 per month
- We are providing 8 to 10,000 free knockers 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. We have over 771 registered individual and groups on the directory.
- 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 1,400 medical clinics registered with us.
People can get more information on how to help by 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.
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
The Woman Behind KnittedKnockers.org – graphic name keys and timecode:
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Founder of KnittedKnockers.org
Knit Night Party
Barb Sharing Her Story
Barb’s Knitted Knocker Hero
Dr. Cary Kaufman
Reconstructive Surgery Nurse
Owner of Apple Yarns
Knitted Knocker Graphics:
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To schedule an interview with Barbara Demorest.
Video Director / Producer contact: Greg Otterholt