Date: 5/25/2007

The Cancer Resource Centre’s “Knit One…Nurture Too,” a group of cancer survivors, donates afghans to CAPES House

Donald P. Fesko, Community Hospital administrator, and (far right) Shelly Major, chief nursing officer, pose with (left) Arlene Anderson, certified nursing assistant; and Shari Doherty, registered nurse, who received Extraordinary Care Awards at Community Hospital. Anderson received the “2007 Remarkable Image of Caring Award,” and Doherty received the “2007 Nursing Excellence Award,” at the culmination of Community Hospital’s celebration of National Nurses Week.

MUNSTER - “Knit One…Nurture Too,” a group of cancer survivors, family and friends who come together to enjoy one another’s company and the relaxation of knitting, made and donated five adult and two infant-size afghans to CAPES House.

“Knit One…Nurture Too” meets twice monthly at the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster. The Centre is a support program of the Community Cancer Research Foundation. CAPES House is an emergency family shelter in Hammond.

The knitters, who range from first-time to experienced knitters, knit seven-inch squares. The squares are crocheted or whip-stitched together to make blankets or afghans for organizations such as warming shelters or domestic violence shelters. The group is also working on children’s scarves and hats to deliver to needy organizations before winter arrives.

Jane Bomberger, a cancer survivor and director of special projects for the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, and Lydia Dershewitz, who is a member of the Friends of the Cancer Resource Centre Auxiliary, came up with the knitting idea after learning of such a group in Chicago.

“Through the therapeutic rhythmic motion of the clicking needles and the conversation at each of these gatherings, we enjoy evolving friendships as we do something purposeful for others,” Bomberger said.

The group began with four people and has almost 20 participants now. “We all have a ‘cancer-connected’ reason to be here. No pun intended but it’s a loosely knit group,” Bomberger said. “Anyone can join. Men are welcome, too.”

The Cancer Resource Centre, located at 900 Ridge Road, Suite J, in Munster, helps those affected by cancer obtain the support and resources they need to cope with the cancer diagnosis. All services, which include support groups, educational programs and networking groups, are offered to cancer patients and their families free of charge.