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Hospital Volunteer Creates "Knitted Knockers"

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HANFORD – Knitting has been a hobby of Anne Sutton’s for six decades. The 81-year-old Adventist Health volunteer is now using that talent to help improve the self-esteem of breast cancer survivors everywhere!

In April, Sutton was approached by a friend who will undergo a double mastectomy this summer. “Her doctor told her about [Knitted Knockers], so she asked me if I would make them for her,” says Sutton.

Knitted Knockers is a national non-profit organization that recruits volunteers to knit prostheses out of special yarn for women who’ve lost their breasts to cancer. The prosthesis is inserted into the bra and is said to be more lightweight and less expensive than traditional prostheses.

“Those little knockers are cool, fit well and are comfortable,” says Pamela Castro, who also volunteers with Sutton and who was diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma in 1982. “It’s better than stuffing my bra with tissue or socks,” she jokes.

It takes six hours for Sutton to knit a pair. She’s made about 30 since she began four months ago. She’s now making Knitted Knockers for patients at Adventist Health Breast Care Center in Hanford.

More information is available by calling the Breast Care Center at (559)-537-2300.