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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-18-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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10 SMITHFIELD OCTOBER 18-24, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER said knitting is like therapy for the women. "This is women helping women. We have to support each other," said knitter Diane Junier. Though not all members of the group chose to participate, many already completed several pairs. The knitters donate their own yarn and equipment, which needs to be 100 percent mercerized cotton. Jeanne Dee of Bravo said she con- tacted local libraries and knitting groups, and the women at Greenville were the most receptive and sup- portive. Dee, a four-year breast cancer survivor, said women receiv- ing knockers always give positive feedback. "They're really appreciated and really needed," Dee said. Each month, Bravo mails out approximately 200 pairs of knock- ers to women across the country, free of charge. Nationwide, Knitted Knockers donates more than 1,000 pairs per month. "Volunteers such as the women here are what makes this all pos- sible," Dee said. Knitted Knockers began working with medical centers across the coun- try, and offers knockers at the Breast Health Centers at Kent County and Rhode Island hospitals. Fingers working continuously wrapping yarn around three needles, Kristin Pesce of Smithfield was able to pick up the stitch immediately. As she knit while chatting, she rarely looked down to watch her fingers move. She, too, knew a breast cancer sur- vivor. Crocheting a pair of knockers, Kathy Ryone was new to the stitch, but said she was determined to fig- ure out how to hold three needles and master it. Ryone said she was inspired to help women. "It's a great cause. I don't want to quit," she said. The national rate of mastectomy is rising, with approximately 50,000 performed in the U.S. and 90 per- cent of women after surgery wearing a prosthesis at some point. Patterns and tutorial videos for knockers are available at www.knit- tedknockers.org . Donations are appreciated; for more information contact bravoofri@gmail.com. KNITTING From Page One BREEZE PHOTOS BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD KRISTIN PESCE, left, and NORMA KENNY of the Greenville Library's knitting group, stitch up a Knitted Knocker, a cloth implant for breast cancer survivors who find silicone implants to be uncomfortable. A finished pair of KNITTED KNOCKERS. Bravo of RI pledged to create 100 pairs in October to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Island Woods Performance BRAKES • EXHAUST • ENGINE COMPUTER DIAGNOSTICS TRANSMISSION • AUTO REPAIR TRAILER HITCHES & WIRING 1186 Douglas Pike Smithfield (401) 349-4644 Sales & Installation & Financing Available We are an authorized SNO-WAY Dealer PLOWS ARE IN-STOCK! call now for special Promotions Diabetes Care Solutions, LLC Kristine Batty, APRN-CNP, BC-ADM, CDE, DCOE www.diabetescaresolutionri.com 600 Putnam Pike Greenville, RI Comprehensive Diabetes Care Laura Horta, MSN, APRN-CNP 55 Cherry Lane Wakefield, RI (401) 949.0480 ~ Custom Cakes for Every Occasion ~ from Locally Sourced Ingredients Daily Pastries ~ Desserts ~ Cookie Dough Bar Cakes ~ Walk-In or Pre-Order Cold Brew & Hot Coffee & More 546 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI 401-349-5003 www.ivyandlacebakeshop.com Hours: T, W, Th 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ivy & Lace Bake Shop Stop In & See! 23 Commerce Street • Greenville, Rhode Island (401) 349-3588 Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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