like someone is giving me a hug."
That’s what a delighted patient at Bridgeport Hospital’s
Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center said when she first wrapped her Healing
Shawl around her shoulders.
Healing Shawls are cozy, colorful, comforting wraps, knitted by volunteers
and given to women who are coping with breast cancer. The idea got its
start when Norma Brewer of Fairfield, a four-year breast cancer survivor,
wanted to do something to make breast cancer patients feel better. She
knitted a shawl and donated it to The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.
The shawl was a great success. Since then Norma has knitted 15 more shawls
for patients who are newly diagnosed or those who are in treatment or in
post treatment and are in need of a "hug." Word got around, and
some area schools formed knitting clubs to create more shawls. Then seniors
at the Baldwin Center in Stratford got into the act.
Would you like to join these volunteer knitters? Please call Sally Cascella
or Sonya Hitt at The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 384-3392. Learn
how you can obtain directions to knit a "hug" for a breast cancer
Breast Health Fairs and Yarn Fundraisers at Area Wal-Marts
It costs about $20 for the yarn to knit one shawl. So Sally Cascella,
RN, Nurse Educator for the Breast Care Center, wrote to yarn manufacturer
Coates & Clarke asking for a donation of yarn. This enabled still more
people to knit shawls. Now fund-raising is underway to purchase more yarn
Additionally, Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center
and Wal-Mart have knitted a partnership to sponsor a month-long series
of breast cancer health fairs, to take place during October, National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month.
Locations: Wal-Mart stores in Stratford, Shelton, and
Times: October; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Come join us! Talk to breast cancer survivors and volunteers. Purchase
a special Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center bookmark to help raise funds
for Healing Shawl knitting supplies and for breast cancer education programs.
And learn what you need to know about preventing and treating breast cancer.