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Yakima knitting group brings comfort and confidence to cancer patients

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YAKIMA, WA - Most of us probably don't know how to knit...but a group of women in Yakima will gladly teach you, and it's for a wonderful cause.

The North Star Knitters have a lot of love to share.

But the people benefiting most from their compassion? Cancer patients here in Yakima.

Every Tuesday for the past six years, the North Star Knitters have provided comfort, one stitch at a time.

"They bring laughter, they bring joy, they bring special comfortable knitted items for our clients," said Dr. Vicky Jones, Medical Director at the North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center.

These women use their talent with a needle and thread to make hats and lap robes for cancer patients at North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center. But their most popular item gives women with breast cancer a boost.

They're called: Knitted Knockers.

"The creation of them is laughter-provoking," said Heather Trent, a North Star Knitter, "but in all reality, when you have a mastectomy and you are lopsided in that one side or both sides, it's a placeholder." 

"It's already hardship on these women who've lost their breasts," said Wendy Walker, another North Star Knitter. "So you want to keep them laughing and that's one of the best ways to do it." 

Knitters like Walker, Trent, and so many others are always thinking of the patients first. But it's the North Star Knitters' common goal of service that has created an unshakable bond.

"The friendship is not only therapeutic, but it's just inspiring," Trent said. "These ladies have been further in life than I have and so they're wonderful mentors and friends." 

"These people are just so wonderful. The camaraderie, the friendship we have, the uplifting whenever we were having any difficulties, like when my husband died," said Walker. "They just held me together. Charity comes from the heart, and all these women have such a wonderful, gracious heart that we have to keep coming."

Knitted Knockers are made in all shapes and sizes. Trent says that some patients will even add some bling to them. 

If you're interested in knitting with the North Star Knitters, they meet every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center at 808 N. 39th Avenue.

And if you've never knitted before, don't worry...they will teach you how to do it. If you can't make it to the knitting sessions but still want to contribute, they're always in need of donations, specifically acrylic yarn.

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