The Aecc will deliver prosthetics to women with mastectomies
The Malaga delegation of the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) has signed a five-year agreement with Knitted Knockers for the delivery of five hundred of these prosthesis to the hospitals in the province.
The president of the Provincial Board of AECC in Malaga, Francisco Aguilar , and the president of the association Knitted Knockers Costa del Sol, Maria Bailey, have signed an agreement to promote the prevention and early detection of breast cancer and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Initially, the project started with María Bailey, president of the Knitted Knockers Costa del Sol, who formed an agreement with the AECC Pink Ladies- volunteers of other nationalities – to supply women who had undergone a mastectomy, within the Fuengirola/ Mijas area, with free breast prostheses . Later, the Provincial Board of AECC Málaga decided to extend this to the rest of the local AECC offices so that the initiative reaches all the women who need it.
This collaboration has already been launched at the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella but the aim is to extend it to all those hospitals in the province where the AECC serves. Each mastectomy patient will receive from the nurse a bag with two free breast prostheses made by volunteers from the Knitted Knockers Association. These prosthesis are handmade in 100% cotton, with a hypo-allergenic filling, and are very soft and light .
According to Francisco Aguilar, president of AECC Málaga, “the association always tries to encourage patients with initiatives that help them overcome cancer and this, without a doubt, is one of them.” Any woman who undergoes a mastectomy has to overcome a traumatic process of adaptation, that is why at AECC Málaga we emphasize the importance of providing specialized psychological help and we make every effort to offer it, and if we can also provide patients with breast prosthesis, we believe that we are complementing effectively our help to all women who fight against breast cancer. “
For her part, María Bailey appealed to the companies and volunteers who want to join the project. “We want to continue making more prostheses but to achieve this we need continuous donations from companies and groups that want to collaborate, and volunteers who are keen to knit prosthesis, once they have been trained by us”.