Thank you for becoming a PARTNER IN HOPE FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED CANCER PATIENTS on Arizona Gives Day! Your generosity will enable BAG IT to continue 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!
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 about 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.
BAG 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!
Whether or not El Niño was to blame for the winter rain showers on Sunday, November 15th, 2015; nothing could put a damper on the 12th Annual Take A “Groovy” Hike for BAG IT! Although the hike portion was officially cancelled, some braved the rain on the Ventana Canyon trail anyway! Others enjoyed the desert scenery on a meditative walk with the lovely Mary Carhuff, and everyone enjoyed a far out program of events!
As hikers, walkers, and guests arrived in the foyer, they were greeted by hoppin’ vibes and classic 70’s tunes thanks to DJ Larry Alday. Raffle and silent auctions tables were laden with prizes ranging from a historic autographed UA Men’s Basketball to a home makeover package. Groovy guests dropped their raffle tickets in brightly colored bags and raised their silent auction bids while event emcee and KGUN9 meteorologist Erin Christiansen reminded the crowd of what a wonderful cause they were fundraising for.
This year also saw a new and exciting social media contest. Event participants could take a picture with a life-size cut out of Dyn-O-Mite Dave by local cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, post it on their Facebook, and try to get as many of their friends to like the picture for the chance to win an iPad mini! After a tie-breaking “like off”, John Simpson walked away with the prize!
When the ballroom doors opened, guests where once again thrilled by Chef Ken’s brunch buffet featuring tantalizing items like, Flower Power Fruit, Elvis Eggs, and Bell Bottom Bacon. BAG IT Director Sherri Romanoski and Erin Christiansen took to the stage to continue the radical program of events. The costume contest got underway as bell bottom and flower power clad dudes and dudettes paraded across the stage. Tim and Sandy were crowned best dressed with colorful afro wigs.
The show could not go on until Sherri expressed BAG IT’s sincerest gratitude to sponsors and donors for not only making the event possible, but ensuring that BAG IT can continue educating and empowering newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families at no charge. Special thanks went out to Arizona Oncology for being the event’s founding and presenting sponsor.
The live auction that followed proved to be an event highlight thanks to the generosity of Tim Shaw from T&T Auctions. Tim fired up the crowd with his auction prowess and the audience eagerly bid on a family vacation to San Diego, court side seats and premier parking to a UA Men’s Basketball Game, and other incredible prizes.
After an awesome day, a groovy trip down memory lane, and a fantastic event program, BAG IT raised over $90,000! Over 60,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients have been reached since BAG IT first began. The resources raised from the Hike will continue BAG IT’s mission of providing resources and materials to individuals with cancer.
None of this could have been possible without the amazing support of donors, volunteers, and sponsors. BAG IT is so grateful for the amazing Tucson community for showing up, despite the rain, to make the 12th Annual Take A Groovy Hike for BAG IT an out of this world success!
If you read yesterday’s blog post, then you know that we raised over 732 cards in our “Fill The Cup” campaign.
However, we didn’t stop there! A clever staff member had the brilliant idea of giving each person who donated on our website a choice: we would either mail them their eegee’s coupon card to enjoy OR they could donate it back to us and we would drop them into BAG IT bags as a little gift for a cancer patient to find. This was a perfect solution for all of those people not living in Tucson or near an eegee’s restaurant to still become involved.
Many folks loved that idea and we are happy to report 206 coupon cards will be placed in BAG IT totes for Tucson cancer patients! We were completely blown away by peoples’ willingness to double their donation; giving the funds to BAG IT and gifting the coupon cards to cancer patients.
We cannot thank eegee’s enough for selecting BAG IT as one of the nonprofit beneficiaries this year! We also want to thank each and every person and business who donated to help BAG IT continue educating and empowering cancer patients to Fight the Fear of cancer!
Thank you so very much!
During this past month, eegee’s generously selected BAG IT as a recipient of their coupon card program. We here at BAG IT decided to take the opportunity as far as it could go, setting an organizational goal of 700 direct donations through our “Fill The Cup” campaign. Our amazing supporters and BAG IT Fear Fighters did not disappoint!
Drumroll, please! We received 732 donations for coupon cards! We completely blew past our 700 card goal and raised over $5,100 on top of what was raised at eegee’s restaurants! We are speechless!
Thanks to the amazing Tucson community, business partners, and our amazing supporters for stepping up to our challenge with generous gifts and donations! BAG IT could not possibly be what it is or where it is without the support of our city and our incredible Fear Fighters. We are so grateful to each and everyone of you and cannot wait to share with our new and old followers exciting things to come!
We’ve been waiting for several months to share some exciting news with all of our wonderful Fear Fighters and now, we can!
We are so excited to announce that BAG IT has been chosen by the eegee’s restaurant chain as one of the recipients of their coupon card program! For the past 22 years eegee’s has given a coupon card in appreciation for each $7 donation to a local charity. These coupon cards are made available in the month of June with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit.
This year BAG IT has been selected to receive funds from the coupon cards alongside Ben’s Bells and Kick Cancer for Stephen. We can hardly contain our excitement and are honored to be co-recipients with these two incredible organizations!
We NEED you to get involved!
For every $7 donation you make here on our website or in an eegee’s store you will receive one eegee’s coupon card. Each coupon card entitles you to 50% off your eegee’s purchase (up to $4.00 in savings) once a month for an entire year! There’s NO limit to how much you can donate and how many cards you can receive! The best part? 100% of your donation goes to the nonprofits!
If you make a donation on our website you have the option of donating the $7 and having the cards put in BAG IT bags for cancer patients! It’s like doubling your donation! The funds will help BAG IT continue our mission and the cards will be a wonderful surprise to newly diagnosed cancer patients receiving the bags!
We here at BAG IT have set an organizational goal of 700 coupon cards by the end of June and we need your help! Donating is super simple. Starting on Monday June 1st , click on the “eegee’s Donation” button in the top right corner of the screen. Once we receive your donation we’ll drop the cards in the mail to you! Shipping is on us!
This offer is only good through the month of June so be sure to tell your friends, family, colleagues, and companies before it’s too late! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so stay up-to-date on BAG IT and for updates on where we are in our 700 card goal!
We cannot even express how grateful we are to eegee’s for choosing BAG IT to be apart of this amazing opportunity! We’d also like to thank you in advance for your donations that will allow BAG IT to continue helping cancer patients Fight The Fear!
Be ready to start donating on June 1st!