Audio Transcript: BrooksKnitting
By Naiya Brooks SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – A Syracuse woman is providing breast cancer survivors with special prostheses. Carol Merritt makes “Knitted Knockers” for women who have undergone a major breast surgery. Knitted Knockers are free, knitted cotton prostheses that have the shape and feel of a real breast.
According to Merritt, Knockers have many advantages to the women who use them. They are softer and lighter than a silicone prosthetic.
“Women who receive the Knockers are very grateful and pleased with them. Sometimes it relieves an economic burden, sometimes it just makes them feel better,” said Merritt.
Merritt said she tries to knit one Knocker a week and 50 a year.
When Merritt is done knitting, she gives the prostheses to the Upstate Breast Care Center at Community and Breast Care Partners in Syracuse. The Knockers are available at St. Joseph’s Surgical Physicians, CNY Surgical Associates, and in the boutiques at Hematology-Oncology Associates offices in East Syracuse, Onondaga Hill and Auburn. They can also be ordered from the Knitted Knocker national website.
Merritt hopes to find others interested in making Knockers, so she can expand and provide more in Onondaga County.
“It is nice for us to know that our efforts are remaining local and very much appreciated,” said Merritt.