We LOVE our BAG IT Partners

We are so fortunate to have these organizations assist us as we Educate, Support and Empower cancer patients, caregivers and advocates.

Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD) has been a BAG IT sponsor since 2004. Founded by University of Arizona pathologist Dr. Thomas Grogan in 1985 and located in Oro Valley, RTD is a leader and innovator of tissue-based diagnostic solutions for patients worldwide. The company is committed to its mission of improving the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer.

In addition to sponsoring our annual Take a Hike for BAG IT since its inception in 2004 and the ESCAPE to Thrive Leadership Conference for cancer advocates, RTD also supports BAG IT by:

  • Participating in Roche Gives Back – an employee giving program in which employees can choose to make one-time or recurring payroll deductions to BAG IT. Whatever employees give, Roche will match at 100 percent until the employee has met their
    annual cap.
  • Encouraging volunteer participation through the company’s summer intern community service program.
  • Distributing BAG IT bags to employees/families diagnosed with cancer through RTD’s occupational health office.
  • Providing DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS! RTD employees participate in our annual hike, writing thank you notes, serving as ambassadors in the community and more.

Roche Tissue Diagnostics is a strong Bag IT supporter as we strive to Educate, Support and Empower those with cancer. The dedication, enthusiasm and efforts of the RTD team are greatly appreciated by BAG IT and we thank you for all you do to help Fight the Fear of Cancer!


Eisai has been a great friend of BAG IT for over eight years! Eisai is a global pharmaceutical company addressing unmet medical needs. Eisai is committed to making contributions to better healthcare for patients and their families around the world through its business activities. When we were developing the concept for our national ESCAPE to Thrive Leadership Conference for Cancer Advocates, Eisai believed in our vision and stepped up as the Founding Sponsor to help us launch the program. Since then, they continue to be our Presenting Sponsor and feel deeply committed to our efforts to help other cancer advocates across the country.  Teresa Cronin, Eisai’s Corporate Advocacy Director, put it this way:

“I heard from many participants that most patient conferences are running around to sessions, meetings and social media activities.  This conference actually allows patient advocates to restore balance in their lives, reinvigorate their passion for advocacy while getting important updates on latest trends in healthcare. It also reminds patient advocates to take care of their own wellbeing in order to continue their important work in patient advocacy.  As a sponsor I am always amazed at the transformation you see over the conference.”

Thank you, Eisai, for your dedication to ESCAPE to Thrive and improving patient care through advocates.

To find out more about Eisai and their contributions to patient care click here

To read more about ESCAPE to Thrive click here






Since BAG IT’s launch in 2003, Arizona Oncology has played an important role in supporting
our efforts:
  • Arizona Oncology medical providers and staff across Arizona offer cancer patients and families a BAG IT bag at their first office visit as part of their focus on providing excellent, comprehensive oncology care. They know that BAG IT will help their patients cope with their diagnosis and treatment and encourage them to be part of their care team.
  • Arizona Oncology supports BAG IT with donations and event sponsorships to assist us in providing BAG IT to their patients.
  • Dr. Donald Brooks of Arizona Oncology offered his time and expertise as a Founding Board member and has remained dedicated to BAG IT as a Board member
    since 2003.
Our partnership with Arizona Oncology has remained vibrant for 15 years. They are an oncology practice that truly cares about community, patients, and families.







We want to extend our thanks to two fabulous partners that help us Fight the Fear! Both of these locally owned businesses are partners, supporters and advocates of BAG IT and make a huge difference in our operations.

Xcel Delivery Services started delivering BAG IT bags in Tucson in 2013. Xcel is your one stop solution for logistics, warehousing and distribution needs and BAG IT benefits from all of them. Their team stores materials for us and delivers BAG IT bags to the medical providers across Tucson. As with many, cancer hits home for Mark and Kelly and they kindly provide these services for us. Their caring hearts and friendly service have been a blessing to BAG IT from day one and we are fortunate to have them as a partner.


Arizona Lithographers is another Tucson community partner and they have supported BAG IT since 2011.  AZ Litho has over 65 years of leadership experience in the printing industry and provides a variety of high-quality print materials. As BAG IT prints the materials in the binder we needed someone local who could support our demands. AZ Litho has been fantastic in the quality of the publications, meeting timelines and providing feedback in a timely manner. AZ Litho also helps to provide the best price and assists with the printing costs of our annual Take a Hike for BAG IT fundraiser. The team is kind, attentive and supportive and we are thankful to have them as a partner.







We are ecstatic to once again be a beneficiary of Epic Rides 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center this coming weekend. BAG IT has benefited from
this incredible 24 Hour single track mountain bike event for six years.

Epic Rides provides mountain biking events that are popular because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport.

Here’s to the incredible individuals who make #24Hop, the Off-Road Series and the Tour of the White Mountains events happen to the dynamic participants and spectators who enjoy the great outdoors! we are thrilled to partner with them all.



Epic Rides and the participants support BAG IT through their:

  • Participation registration in the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo event
  • Visits to the BAG IT tent to get updated information on coping with cancer
  • Signing our “in honor of” and “in memory of” signs for those impacted by cancer
  • Making individual donations at our booth on race day

To all of those who are riding in #24Hop and the entire Epic Rides team we thank you for your support and helping to Fight the Fear of Cancer! 

Volunteers are still needed to help with the event this weekend so sign up here to support the fun.







Tucson Medical Center is a long-time partner and advocate of BAG IT. The TMC Foundation has been providing financial support to BAG IT since 2005 and Tucson Medical Center has been providing BAG IT bags to patients since 2006. Their mission to educate and promote health, wellness and safety throughout Southern Arizona is evident in the many programs they offer, including providing
BAG IT bags.

TMC is an advocate for BAG IT and provides numerous opportunities to ensure that individuals are receiving the tools needed to help them cope with a cancer diagnosis.

  • BAG IT provides training to all new nurses so they have an understanding of the BAG IT bag and know that it is available throughout the TMC campus.
  • BAG IT participates in TMC events including Survive Well and Philanthropy Day
  • Many individuals at TMC, including nurse navigators and social workers consider the BAG IT bag to
    be one of their main resource tools for
    patient education.

Thank you to the dynamic team at Tucson Medical Center and the TMC Foundation for advocating for individuals with cancer and all that you do to support BAG IT and the
Tucson Community.

Join Us at Vero Amore


Give Back Night at Vero Amore

Vero Amore will generously give back 15% of all sales (excluding alcohol) to BAG IT. 


Wednesday, January 10
From 4:30 PM


2920 N Swan


Email Lisa at lisa@bagit4u.org

Take a night off of cooking and support a great cause!

Bring in your friends and family for a great night!

Spread the word.

Fashionable Fundraiser

What Sherri is doing now.

Sherri Romanoski, Founder of BAG IT, transitioned from the position of Executive Director to a new role of Senior Advisor in April, 2017. This is a blog about what she is doing now with and for BAG IT.

So everyone asks….are you really retired? The answer is a robust “NO!” But I was very ready to slow down, change gears somewhat, enjoy the people in my life more (my five grandchildren, family and friends) and take time for things I really enjoy. This transition took a lot of planning and patience, but it is actually happening! (Look for my next blog on the complex subject of Founders leaving organizations.)

So what does a Senior Advisor do? I get to focus on areas that benefit BAG IT but also tap into my skills acquired over the years working with BAG IT, my classroom teaching, curriculum writing, and grant writing. Who gets to do that? Use all their skills and experience to advance a worthwhile effort? A very happy person!

Grant writing is a technical skill that benefits an organization to bring in much needed revenue as well as raise awareness and effectiveness of programs. Since April, I have been focused on submitting or helping with submissions of 15 grants for both BAG IT and one of its programs, ESCAPE to Thrive Leadership Conference for Cancer Advocates. We are hopeful that many will award funding. Our grants are submitted to foundations, corporations, and partners.

ESCAPE to Thrive Leadership Conference for Cancer Advocates was launched in 2011. It’s an interesting story…BAG IT had been helping USOncology with its Life Beyond Cancer Conference (LBC) for survivors for eight years beginning in 2003. Those of us who developed, organized, and managed the conference had a hope – to someday support survivors who were encouraged to return to their communities from Life Beyond Cancer and fill gaps in cancer care with organizations, programs, and efforts. In essence, become advocates. (The seed for BAG IT was actually planted at this conference in 2001 when my mom and I, both cancer survivors, attended and got truly inspired.) After much deliberation, when the LBC run came to a close, the key people were tired and ready to move on. Except for me. With approval from a very understanding BAG IT Board that was willing to pilot an extremely unique conference, we launched ESCAPE to Thrive. That was seven years ago. I am responsible for its development, conceptual framework, and management with tremendous support and expertise from our amazing BAG IT staff. The topics, attendees, speakers, and schedule changes each year but fundamentally, it supports cancer advocates in the tremendously tough job they do in educating and supporting cancer patients.

ESCAPE to Thrive is a lot of heart-wrenching work on many levels. I love it. I hope I have the energy to keep doing it and we can get enough financial support to continue this supportive program for fellow advocates. It’s our gift to them.

The third and most lovely task I have is to mentor and support our new young leader and Executive Director, Mindy Griffith. She believes so much in our work, is anxious to learn, and shows an intense desire to lead BAG IT to its next level. I have been a teacher in one form or another since 1974. Mentoring Mindy is a joy and I anticipate and expect great things from her….including change!

All you need to know about Peer To Peer Fundraising (P2P)!

  What is Peer To Peer Fundraising?

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising is a method of fundraising that leverages BAG IT supporters to fundraise on its behalf.
  • It’s also known as social fundraising, personal and/or team fundraising, or P2P fundraising.
  • It gives people the opportunity to ask their entire network to contribute to a cause that is close to their heart.


What does Peer-To-Peer Fundraising mean for BAG IT?

This is a great opportunity for BAG IT as it allows us to:

  • reach new networks of people,
  • provide those that already know and support BAG IT an opportunity to share with their family, friends and colleagues the BAG IT mission and vision,
  • help us reach our fundraising goals!


Why support BAG IT with Peer To Peer Fundraising?

  • To help ensure that BAG IT can continue to Educate, Support and Empower newly diagnosed cancer patients at no charge.
  • To let others know that you love BAG IT and believe in its cause to Fight the Fear of Cancer.
  • To help BAG IT reach far beyond the boundaries of their database.



How can I join in?

  • Build your page and start helping raise money for BAG IT – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!  

Start Here!

  • Support a BAG IT friend by donating to their P2P Fundraising campaign!

Find a BAG IT Friend


The Fight the Fear Peer To Peer Challenge has been set and this year’s goal is $5,000!  


Can BAG IT count on your support?  To give you a bit of an incentive we will give each person who creates a P2P page one raffle ticket for every $50 you raise!  This special raffle ticket will give you the opportunity to win the P2P Mystery Basket!  What is in this mystery basket?  Oh we can’t tell you just yet however we will be dropping clues every so often!  Keep checking our blog posts!  

(Winner need not be present…we will be happy to deliver the basket to the winner.)

Last year BAG IT launched  Peer 2 Peer Fundraising (P2P) at the TAKE A HIKE event in Tucson. We hope to have more hikers/walkers participate and even those that are unable to join us on Nov. 12th can help BAG IT with this fundraising challenge and help us reach our $5,000 goal!  

A good friend of BAG IT, Anne, was one of the top fundraisers last year.  We asked Anne to answer a few questions regarding her experience.


Why did you decide to do P2P fundraising?
This was the best way to get the word out to my friends and family . I have friends all over the country and my family is still back east. It was easy.

How did you spread the word to family and friends?

I posted P2P on FB. This is the only form of social media I have. I sent an email link to those that do not use FB.

How much time did you spend each week on communicating to others?

Every other day I would link with a new message, something to catch their attention. I would respond to donations with a thank you as well. All total, not more than a few minutes each time…it’s so easy, really.

I know that each of your supporters received a thank you acknowledgement from BAG IT, did you also thank each one?
Yes, I thanked each person via FB or email, but I also sent a personal Thank you card to each one.

Are you planning on doing P2P again this year?
I have posted my P2P page already. It was definitely easier this year with the new program.  It only took about 5 minutes. I hope to win the top prize so if you want to beat me you better get started!

Thank you Anne for your dedication to BAG IT. We appreciate your time, talents and support that you give to us!  

For additional information please contact Lisa at lisa@bagit4u.org

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