Take a Hike for Bag It
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Cost: $85 per person ($40 is tax deductible).
Can’t attend? If you can’t make the event, consider sponsoring a Bag It bag for $30; every sponsorship will receive a ticket to be entered in the Sponsor A Bag Drawing for a $500 Visa gift card. Need not attend the event to win.
Every fall for 10 years, Tucson has been the place where you can hike and help a cancer patient. On Nov. 3 you can hit the trail to carry on that tradition at Take a Hike for Bag It at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
“You start something and you never know where it is going to go. You have goals in mind and dreams of what might happen, but Bag It has exceeded my expectations,” said Sherri Romanoski, founder of the organization that fights the fear of cancer by providing information and education to newly diagnosed individuals and their families.
“Things have happened slowly and steadily over time, and I think that is why we have been so successful.”
Bag It is also celebrating another milestone: It recently distributed the 50,000th bag free of charge. Each bag contains a tabulated binder in which to organize lab results, insurance papers and other records.
The bags also contain books and educational materials from the National Cancer Institute and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship addressing topics such as navigation of treatment and follow up care, formation of care teams, talking to doctors, research studies, life after cancer and advice for caregivers.
Information in the bags is available in English and Spanish on any type of cancer. The bags are distributed through more than 100 clinic ray ban wayfarer s, hospitals and physicians’ offices statewide.
Though the Bag It concept was borne of Romanoski’s battle with breast cancer, she emphasized that it would never have come to fruition without a dedicated group of volunteers.
“If it weren’t for all the volunteers and for the generosity of this community, this could never have happened,” she said.
Among volunteers who have supported Bag It since its inception are Darlene Brady and Mary Carhuff.
Brady, a certified public accountant, has helped with various aspects of the hike and is now a member of the nonprofit’s board of directors. She said that while she always enjoyed supporting the organization and helping with the hike, the mission became more personal when her daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006.
“Cancer is very disconcerting, and it is so difficult to keep your thoughts together when you are going through diagnosis and treatment, and the bag helps with that. And all the information for patients and careg ray ban wayfarer ivers was almost invaluable,” Brady said.
“There is so much information available on the In ray ban wayfarer ternet these days some perfectly legitimate and helpful, but some maybe questionable. The information in the bag has real answers all in one place.”
While leading the meditative walk at the annual hike, Carhuff, a yoga and fitness teacher, has spoken to many people who’ve re ray ban wayfarer ceived a bag.
“They all say it is very empowering to get something for free, first of all. And for many, it is at their oncologist’s office, which is usually a depressing place. They get this bag filled with a journal and binder and other things that put a positive spin on their treatment,” she said.
Empowering participants is also Carhuff’s goal during the 30 to 45 minute meditative walk that’s part of the Nov. 3 event.
“We stop along the way and I talk about the metaphors of nature in regards to our journey in life and how sometimes we go through challenging times like cancer. At one point we cross a bridge and I tell everyone to make an intention of how to move forward or how to leave things behind that they want to let go,” she said.
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