Coordknit, a program that aims to enhance a patient’s experience and reduce stress through knitting, begins Wednesday.
The program was made possible through a partnership between Reenie Feingold, a Rochester breast cancer survivor and president of StoreSmart.com, and Karen Petito, owner of the Village Yarn & Fiber Shop in East Rochester and DizzySheep.com.
The free program is for cancer patients at Rochester Regional Health System’s Lipson Cancer Center.
Reenie and her husband, Stan Feingold, provided seed money for the 12-week launch of the program, which they hope will become a model for cities nationwide.
“(Jan. 27) marked five years since my breast cancer surgery and radiation treatment,” Reenie Feingold said in a statement. “The Rochester General and Lipson Cancer Center staffs are most compassionate and caring, and this is an opportunity for me to give back.”
Registration for the program is free and entitles a patient and their support person to knitting instruction from a professional knitting coach from the Village Yarn & Fiber Shop onsite at the Lipson Cancer Center at Linden Oaks, officials said.
Those participating also receive a Coordknit kit of their choice from a variety of project kits designed by Feingold and Petito, officials said. The kits include knitting needles, yarn, a project photograph and instruction, and information about the program and donors who are helping to make the program possible.
Participants at Lipson Cancer Center also are invited to the Village Yarn & Fiber Shop after treatment where they can relax and enjoy some knitting time together with friends. A“Yarn Bombing” community project—a super long and colorful scarf that could be draped along the hallways of the Lipson Cancer Center facility—is underway for patients to participate in, as well.
“My vision of bringing knitting into the medical setting is born of several recent years of personal experience in caregiving for family members with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease, as well as ministering to my customers at the Village Yarn & Fiber Shop in various life situations through knitting support,” Petito said. “I have seen first-hand how knitting, crocheting and spinning can have a profound impact on people’s lives.”
The initiative is seeking donations to extend the program beyond the initial 12 weeks. For more information, visit www.coordknit.org.
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