October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—an annual campaign to bring awareness about the impact of this all-too-prevalent illness. Breast Cancer has affected many of us, either directly or indirectly. Take the opportunity to offer your support in an actionable way—whether in October or after. Not sure where to start? Here are three suggestions:
1. Knit or crochet a chemo cap pattern for a woman in need
Whether it’s for a close friend, a family member, an acquaintance, or even a stranger, a knitted or crocheted hat for a breast cancer patient is a wonderful gesture and a much-needed gift.
You can find the knit chemo hat pattern shown above in Knit Pink by Lorna Miser, along with 24 additional breast cancer knitting patterns from lap robes to sweaters and mittens. You’ll find a similar variety of cancer crochet patterns in Crochet Pink by Janet Rehfeldt.
Be sure to carefully choose the best yarn for chemo caps. Here’s a tip:
The National Needle Arts Association has teamed up with Woman’s Day magazine to sponsor a chemo cap charity drive through December 31, 2014. Simply knit or crochet a chemo cap (you can use a pattern from Knit Pink or Crochet Pink, or use the free patterns on TNNA’s site) and mail to TNNA or drop off at a TNNA retailer (you can search for one near you here). Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Donate your time or money
If you won’t be knitting a chemo cap or other gift for a cancer patient, consider giving a monetary donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Your donation will help provide mammograms for women in need.
You can also volunteer your time to help educate women or host a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Find out more here.
3. Create an early detection plan
Early detection is one of the key factors for improving survival rates. Do you and your loved ones have an early detection plan? Do you part to create a plan here and invite your friends and relatives to do the same.
Find more patterns to knit and crochet for comfort, gratitude, and charity in Knit Pink and Crochet Pink. Any of the patterns can be adapted for different forms of cancer by simply swapping out the yarn color. Find a list of cancer awareness colors here.
Which action will you take for Breast Cancer Awareness month? Tell us in the comments!