Testing my superpowers and hiking to Maiden Pools

Well – today I ventmindy_maidenured out to Maiden Pools (and beyond) as I didn’t think I could ask all of you to hike this trail unless I myself did it. I survived and had a great day with a friend who does hike on a regular basis, unlike myself. So, if you are hesitant to sign up, DON’T BE – your superpowers will guide you on a successful and beautiful outing. I tend to get my 10,000 steps a day, usually from walking around my house reading my kindle or the occasional low key run/walk around the neighborhood so I was a little nervous about going with my friend who is prepping for a 20 mile hike and had a 20 lb. pack on her back (so not me!), but I made it. There is some scratchy fauna along the trail (and I of course wore shorts and a tank top) and it is pretty rocky, but you can do it. I definitely feel that our guidelines for moderate, intermediate and challenging are a good indicator for those of you who do not hike regularly. It is not a super steep incline to the pools, but definitely some rocky and uneven terrain.cairns

I learned some new vocabulary words for hiking – cairns, which help mark the trail so you know which way to go, which was handy today with nobody on the trail, and scree – so not only scenic, but educational, too.
You will get your steps, a workout, enjoy the beautiful outdoors and support BAG IT at the same time – what more can you ask for on a Sunday morning (well mine was a Tuesday). If you have done it before we hope to see you again and if you are trying to decide – go for it – you can turn back anytime you want so why not give it a go on Nov. 13th.

Volunteer to help BAG IT make a bigger impact!

Volunteers are a key part of successful organizations and we are looking for you to be a BAG IT volunteer.  We are excited about training volunteers to be Ambassadors in the Tucson community to help us reach more people.  Our Ambassadors will be trained to go out and speak to local organizations to share the mission of BAG IT, help generate new donors and share the opportunity to participate in our upcoming Superheroes Hike for BAG IT!  We are looking for individuals comfortable speaking in front of a group and giving a presentation (which we will provide you) about BAG IT.  We also need people who can work a table at community events to provide BAG IT exposure.  Many of the speaking engagements may be during the day and a lot of the community events are weekends so there is an opportunity for anyone and everyone.  This would be a great benefit to our small team and a chance for you to get out and about in the Tucson community.  Who’s ready to get their presentation on?


Studies show us that in addition to benefiting BAG IT volunteering also helps, you – the volunteer be a happier and healthier person.  Ready to become an Ambassador?   Fill out the Volunteer form on the website or email mindy@bagit4u.org today to sign up for one of our upcoming Ambassador trainings on 8/26 & 9/10.  We are also looking for volunteers for our Annual Hike on November 13th.  Volunteers are the best so please sign up today!

Our first ever Be There for BAG IT Wine and Dine Phoenix


Come help us Fight the Fear for those with cancer! Register today and join BAG IT at The Camby Hotel on June 26th for a lovely evening. We will start with appetizers and a drink by the pool where you can purchase spins for prizes at the Wheel of Wonder like (Name some) before heading downstairs to peruse the silent auction items and enjoy a 3-course wine-paired dinner. There will be a live auction where you can bid to win a two night stay for 2 at the exclusive Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson (Oprah’s and Ellen’s fave) or head north to Beat the Heat with our Prescott Package and a stay at the Hassayampa Inn.

This is our first ever Be There for BAG IT Wine and Dine. Come help us kick it off right! If you got a BAG IT resource from your doctor now’s the time to help others get the same important information to Fight the Fear! Or if you want to help us keep this FREE to cancer patients, this is the opportunity!


Thank you for becoming a PARTNER IN HOPE FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED CANCER PATIENTS on Arizona Gives Day!  Your generosity will enable BAG IT to continBag_Pubs_Usb-copyue providing credible and highly-researched information, FREE-OF-CHARGE, to all cancer patients, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, or type of cancer.   The information is designed to help them cope with their diagnosis, move more competently through the treatment process, and transition to follow-up care.


Your support will make the difference for those individuals who receive the frightening diagnosis of cancer and don’t know what they should do or how they will survive.  Your donation will help newly-diagnosed cancer patients and their families Fight The Fear!

Epic Rides 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo 2016

Ever imagine yourself careening out of control down a 45-degree embankment on a bicycle?  Inches away from needle-sharp cactus thorns?  In the dark?  If this wasn’t a nightmare, you must be a serious mountain bike enthusiast, and you probably already know abocrowdut Epic Rides 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo.

Celebrating 17 years of riding single track in the Sonoran Desert, the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo (#24HOP) is one of the largest 24-hour events in the world and a heralded destination for serious mountain bikers from all over the country.   It’s variously billed as Duel in the Desert and the Greatest 24-hour Event in the West.  This year’s race and accompanying festivities took place over the 3-day President’s Day weekend (February 12-14).  And for the 4th consecutive year, BAG IT was a main beneficiary of this spectacularly grueling event.

Each year, the race is held at the Willow Spring Ranch, located north of Tucson.  This amazing site offers uninterrupted views of the Tortolita, Catalina, and Galiuro Mountain ranges and provides riders with a challenge they won’t soon forget.  Each lap is over 16 miles long with a 1,200 foot climb that peaks at an elevation of more than 4,100 feet.  The race itself began at 12:00 pm on Saturday and ended 24 long and tortuous hours later at 12:00 pm Sunday.


sherri2BAG IT founder and president, Sherri Romanoski, attended the weekend long event, not as a competitor, but rather safe and secure introducing racers and their families to BAG IT and sharing the information that we provide FREE-OF-CHARGE to newly diagnosed cancer patients.  Framing the entrance to the BAG IT tent were two brightly colored ‘tie-dyed’ columns upon which visitors could write their remembrances In Honor or In Memory of cancer patients who had touched their lives.  Everyone who visited the BAG IT display booth also received a free MissingLink repair chain courtesy of KMC, manufacturer of state-of-the-art cycling technology for more than 30 years.



Again this year, BAG IT is extraordinarily grateful to Todd Sadow, Epic Rides, and all the organizers and participants of the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo for their amazing support.  They helped us to help others Fight the Fear!


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