As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During each of the last 4 or 5 Octobers we’ve held a Knit for a Cure Event in partnership with Cancer Connection. This year we included our Bead Store in the mix and had a lovely event. I wasn’t able to make it down to the store – too many boys going in too many different directions all at the same time. Yet the importance of this event is not lost on me – especially this year.
A good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of last year. For those of you who read this blog regularly, you will remember that I was in a very dark place back then. My friend’s news simply validate my view that the world was completely upside down and backwards. Why were bad things continuing to happen to good people?
Yet, over the coming months I watched my friend work her way through chemo and radiation with strength and grace. As worried as I was about her and despite still being overwhelmed by the tragic death of a dear friend in December, I started taking great comfort in her ability to face her situation head on and just decide that this was not going to define her. She’s always quick to point out that I helped her from afar during this time but what I don’t think she realizes is how much she helped me.
We had a lovely turnout for our event.
We knit hats for the folks who rely on Cancer Connection to help them through their difficult days.
A staff member from Cancer Connection was on hand to remind everyone how much they appreciate the event but to also emphasize the importance of self-checks and mammograms.
WEBS Beads designed bracelets that we offered as kits. I don’t care how badly you feel, everyone deserves a little bling:
It seems like the folks at Classic Elite were on the same wavelength. This week’s e-newsletter featured a lovely write-up from the owner Betsy Perry and a wonderful set of scarves – all knit with someone in mind they themselves loved and cherished and had battled this terrible disease.
Thanks to everyone who made it to our event and contributed a hat. My heartfelt thanks to Linda Pratt of Westminster Fibers for donating some of the yarn that we used for the hats.
As Oprah would say – what I know for sure is this: I’d love to eliminate this event from our annual schedule because it was no longer needed.