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Ready, set, shear that sheep!

April 21, 2016

Ready, set, shear that sheep!

A recently sheared sheep from 2015’s International Back to Back Wool Challenge, benefiting Sharp Chula Vista’s Barnhart Cancer Center. (photo courtesy of San Diego Spinners)

The International Back to Back Wool Challenge began in 1992 when Richard Snow — a young spinner living in Scotland — developed thyroid cancer. His desire to raise funds for cancer research sparked the challenge's creation — a simple and direct method of shearing a sheep, spinning the wool into yarn and using that yarn to knit a sweater.

More than 20 years later, 10 countries participate in the competition each year. The San Diego Spinners are the only group participating this year in the United States.

"It's a unique and amazing event that we've been proud to be a part of for the past three years," says Beverly Codallos with the Sharp HealthCare Foundation. "So far, this fundraiser has raised nearly $3,000 for the Barnhart Cancer Center and has provided much needed support for cancer treatment options here in the South Bay."

Sheep shearing competition at Sharp Chula Vista's Barnhart Cancer Center Members of the San Diego Spinners collectively knit a sweater at last year's International Back to Back Wool Competition.

Handcrafted items are available for sale throughout the event; all funds raised are donated to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center's Barnhart Cancer Center.

This story was updated in May 2017.

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