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Knitting Group

"It take patients away from their treatments, worries

and fears."


- Lisa Horton: Program Coordinator,

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance


What is integrated health care?

Swedish Health Services, for Swedish Health Watch, Spring 2014


No one really wants to think about getting cancer. If, however, they do hear the words "You have cancer," their focus quickly turns to finding the best medical care. Many of them turn to the Swedish Cancer Institute (CSI).

Evening event hopes to spotlight ongoing work of Knit for Life

Christina Hallock, Gig Harbor Life, February, 2014


Knitting is an activity not normally associated with being a channel for small miracles. But when a small miracle can be as simple as a friendly activity to calm the nerves of people dealing with a life-threatening diagnosis, miracles happen every week.

Knit For Life crafts partnership at Swedish/Issaquah

Lauren Lemieux, Issaquah Press, November 2012


Tanya Parieaux was taught to knit by her grandmother when she was a little girl. Many years later, the craft would comfort her in an unexpected way. Knitting helped her get through her battle with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1996 and for a second time in 2009.

Knitting is good medicine for cancer patients

Susan Phinney, Seattle P.I., September 2001


A hospital lobby isn't where you expect to find a noisy knitting group, but that's where it is, 7th floor, University of Washington Medical Center. Chairs are scarce. A huge basket heaped with colorful yarns and dotted with knitting needles dominates the table.

A personal account

Rev. Karen B. Taliesin, Chaplain, Pastoral and Spiritual Care


Once on the SCCA unit, Knit for Life is set up in a lounge/play area out of the way of the medical staff but clearly visible to patients and their family members. As the bins of yarn are opened, some folks will wander by and ask about the program.

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