They call themselves the Bosom Buddies of the QCA.
And, indeed, these nine senior ladies from around the Quad-City area live up to their group’s title with the help they offer to women who have struggled with and survived breast cancer.
They knit prostheses from soft baby yarn filled with polyester fiber that makes them machine- washable, “breathable,” and natural-looking and feeling.
“It all began in September 2011,” Judy Brumbaugh of East Moline said as she detailed the advent of the community service group.
“I received a call from my sister-in-law in Bloomington, Ill., that she had been gifted with this type of prosthesis and loved it because of its softness, firmness and perfect fit to her particular need. So, I thought we can do that here and gathered together some expert knitters, including several who were aware of the need because of the experience of a friend or family member.
“We were also aware that many ladies cannot afford or do not have insurance to help with prosthesis costs. We can fill that gap,” Brumbaugh explained.
So, on Nov. 16, 2011, the compassionate group began knitting the prostheses to make them available for free to breast cancer survivors without the financial means or insurance.
Regular contributors are: Kathleen Suesy, East Moline; Barb Scott, Coal Valley; Tove Cravens, Orion, Ill.; Paula Langley, Silvis; Joanne Halverson, Coal Valley; Kitty Nelson, Milan; Nicki Caon, Colona, Ill.; Barbara Haley, Rock Island, and Brumbaugh.
Each member provides her own supplies. They meet to knit and work with persons interested in a fitting or further information from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. every Wednesday at the Edgewater Cafe on the Trinity Moline campus.
Brumbaugh said there are no dues, minutes or attendance records. “Anyone interested in joining us to knit and help women who can’t afford a prosthesis is welcome to join us,” she added.
Potential recipients can come without an appointment anytime during regular knitting group hours for a free prosthesis. The group asks that recipients bring a bra for a convenient fitting.
Brumbaugh pointed out that the group is also assisting women with other breast diagnoses involving a corrective prosthesis.
These compassionate Quad-City women are truly to be recognized as leaders by example. Giving of their time and skills in this much-needed project, they help breast cancer survivors without the financial and insurance means to live a comfortable life.
Please meet the Bosom Buddies and watch their knitting skills at the 14th annual Salute To Seniors, taking place May 10 at the Starlite Ballroom on the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.