Knitting For Cancer
Knitting for cancer is a 100% nonprofit organization that knits hats and blankets for cancer patients using the softest yarn on the market. Cancer treatment often leaves patients feeling cold from head to toe and it causes sensitive skin.
Jennifer Bystricky was inspired to found Knitting for Cancer in 2019, two years after her mother, Linda Coffman, fought a courageous battle with cancer. Linda had breast cancer which spread to her lungs. Jennifer was her caregiver until the end, April 16, 2016. Linda’s loving and caring spirit lives on through Jennifer and Knitting for Cancer.
At Knitting for Cancer, every donation is put back into the organization; everyone is a volunteer. The organization has grown to 31 volunteers. Help us warm these special patients with a donation from you. Donations cover purchasing the softest yarns available, looms, and transportation to personally deliver the goods to individuals and cancer centers.
Knitting Warriors and Other Events
Jennifer teaches how to knit using a loom she provides. She teaches four classes, including how to knit hats and blankets, and learning new designs. All skill levels are welcome. It’s a great way to meet people while contributing to an important cause. This program benefits both parties: goods are made for donation and the people who knit receive personal reward for the work they produced.
One program for knitting is at Grafton Correctional Institution. At GCI, an inmate first earns the right to enter the program. Eleven are currently in the knitting program. The inmates cite benefits such as: team building, concentration, sharing in a community, and spreading cheer to others. They loved it so much that other gifted inmates painted the Knitting for Cancer logo on a wall.
Another program is having Jennifer teach knitting at senior living facilities and nursing homes. At one senior living complex a woman said, “It saves us from some of the stressful drama here.” It keeps their minds active and enables them to socialize with others. It creates and builds a special community for them.
Teaching individuals and prisoners to knit goes far beyond knitting hats and blankets for patients. These activities of togetherness lowers blood pressure and is a coping mechanism for many their minds off their current situation. It provides conversation and a community environment to their otherwise lonely state.
Locations accepting yarn donations from October 1 thru October 31
Carecore – Willowood 1186 Hadcock Rd, Brunswick 44212 – (330) 225-3156
Brookdale – Medina South 100 High Point Drive, Medina 44256 – (330) 723-0110
Brookdale – Camelot 49 A Leisure Lane, Medina 44256 – (330) 723-5825
Brookdale – Hospice 3380 Brecksville Road, STE 101, Richfield 44286 – (440) 892-6212
Brookdale – Bath 101 N. Cleveland-Massilon, Akron 44333 – (330) 666-7011
Brookdale – Montrose 100 Brookmont Rd, Akron 44333 – (330) 666-4545
Our mission is to provide hats and blankets to cancer patients in need. Jennifer started Knitting for Cancer to give back to those who suffer from cancer like her mother did. Many cancer patients deal with constant pain brought on by radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Patients are often left with chills and sensitive skin. Knitted hats and blankets are the best way to keep cancer patients warm in chilly treatment rooms. Please, help us provide a simple solution to a heartbreaking problem.