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Burwood Volunteers to Take Knitted Breast Prostheses Project to Developing Countries
by:Monique Hore from the Waverley Leader 
 
Cheryl Webster discusses her own use of the knitted knockers with Waverley Private Hospital's breast care nurse Judy Stone. Picture: Steve Tanner.Source: News Limited
A BURWOOD Neighbourhood House community project knitting free prostheses for women with breast cancer is set to go global.  Knitted Knockers Australia has created more than 170 cotton breast prostheses for women who have had a mastectomy since the group started with the help of Burwood CWA in September last year.

As well as donating prostheses to hospitals across Melbourne including Waverley Private Hospital and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, the group plans to establish knitting teams in India and the Philippines to help women in those countries.  Knitted Knockers Australia president and cancer survivor Cheryl Webster said the community support for the group had been outstanding. “The whole thing is about communities helping women,” Ms Webster said.“We thought we would have to work to develop this but it has really developed itself because there are so many women out there who want to help.“Because of all the wonderful knitters, we have a whole cupboard full of free prostheses that women can pick up or have sent out to them.”

More than 50 communities across Australia are knitting for the cause. Waverley Private Hospital surgical ward nurse unit manager Niki Eastwood said prostheses helped women recover emotionally from a mastectomy. “It is very important for women to feel feminine again because having a mastectomy can be similar to losing a limb,” Ms Eastwood said.
 
“The message sent to the patient is that they are not alone.”  To join the cause or request prostheses, email burwoodn@bigpond.net.au or visit the Knitted Knockers Australia Facebook page.
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