Breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomies face problems with varying degrees of resolvability; in Rwanda, for example, patients are ostracized because they're considered cursed. But even in normal countries there are issues: silicone breast prostheses, are hot, heavy and expensive. Enter a woman in Bellingham, Washington who came up with an idea and developed a nonprofit to make it happen:
Barbara Demorest has seen “exponential growth” in the last month for her nonprofit, Knitted Knockers.
“Every single day, we’re contacted by more oncologists and radiologists,” Demorest said. “You know you’ve touched a chord when that many people are reaching out. … It never ceases to amaze me that, with no paychecks, we’re able to do this.”
Yep, they're knitted prostheses, made with Ultra Pima cotton, which is durable, washable, and doesn't shrink. There are now thousands of registered volunteers in 12 countries knitting these things, which take 2.5 to 4 hours each to produce, depending upon the skill of the knitter and other factors.
The thing that I found impressive: a woman in northern Washington somehow determines that there's a need for these items, and she can make them - and then her idea takes off and goes global. If that's not inspirational, nothing is.