Latina breast cancer survivors in Pilsen knit support for women who have had mastectomies

ByJayme Nicholas Localish logo
Monday, October 5, 2020
Breast cancer survivors knit support for other women
"I try to help anyone who needs help, and that gives me strength."

CHICAGO -- After a mastectomy, many women suffer physical and emotional trauma, but for one group of Latina breast cancer survivors in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood have been knitting "knockers" to bring joy and hope.

"Knitted Knockers" is a lighthearted name for the knitted breast prosthetic. They are light, soft handmade breast prosthetics offering comfort and support to women who have had mastectomies.

"Knitted Knockers" come in all cup sizes and colors and are free to anyone who needs them.

They fit conveniently inside a special bra that returns the natural shape to the female body, giving those who have undergone mastectomies renewed self-confidence and self-esteem.

The national organization, was founded by a woman who is a breast cancer survivor!

But you don't have to be a breast cancer survivor to knit a knocker!

There are groups and individuals all over the country who knit these breast prosthetics for the sheer joy of helping others.

As Chicago breast cancer survivor Amalia Alejo said, "I try to help anyone who needs help, and that gives me strength."

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