Highlights of Get Moving for Bag It 2020!

You are wonderful! We are beyond THRILLED that you didn’t let this year’s Get Moving for Bag It pass you by.

With all the uncertainties and unknowns when planning this year’s event – we were a bit unsure of what to expect. We wanted to bring you a unique event opportunity while making it easy, fun and active!

We all know that staying physically active has many benefits for our health such as increased flexibility/balance/muscle strength, controlling weight, regulating blood pressure, digestion, improved mood, thinking, and sleep, just to name a few. So we wanted to incorporate physical activity while offering you daily programs that would be informative, interesting, challenge you and be all around motivating you to be active and healthy!

THANK YOU to the participants who joined this year’s virtual event! Participants from California, Texas, Cleveland, Minnesota, Indiana, Florida and New Jersey joined our Arizona friends – YIPPEE – we did reach our goal of having our friends from West Coast to East Coast!

Great News!

Your involvement helped us raise $18,900

114 Participants

REACHED the $2,500 Challenge Grant! A big thank you to all of you that helped – please know we truly appreciate your commitment!

Gift a Bag – 62 Bag It bags to someone in need to educate, support & empower those impacted by cancer.

We are sending each one of you our thanks and gratitude for continuing to support Bag It. Thank you for walking alongside us and understanding the importance of helping us educate, empower and connect cancer patients and their caregivers with the right information, right when they need it most.

Why You Should Move It, Move It

Why You Should Move It, Move It

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We all know that staying physically active has many benefits for our health such as increased flexibility/balance/muscle strength, controlling weight, regulating blood pressure, digestion, improved mood, thinking, and sleep, just to name a few.

But did you know that getting regular exercise may also:

  • Help you live longer?
  • Ironically, reduce fatigue and increase your energy?
  • Reduce your risk for developing some types of cancers?
  • Reduce the risk of certain cancers recurring?
  • Ease some side effects of cancer treatment?

We have so many gadgets to inform us of what level of activity we are doing down to the minute on a daily basis. We even get “scolded” if we are not moving enough! When these gadgets first came out many thought that was exactly what they were – just gadgets.  Today, many feel these are lifesaving instruments. Use the great technology out there to your advantage and commit to getting fit!

Getting Started
Check in with your doctor for guidance on how to begin an exercise routine that’s right for you. If you have no health restrictions, gradually build up to 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week (or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity). Take it slow at first and if you miss a day just try again the next day.

Aim for a combo of cardio and strength training. (You can do strength training with or without weights)

Besides the obvious forms of exercise like walking, running, hiking, biking, swimming, aerobics, activities like dancing, gardening (digging, raking), household chores (vacuuming, mopping, washing windows, sorry!) or actively playing with children can be just as effective.

If you can’t do full 30-minute sessions some days, break it up into 2 or 3 sessions of 10 or 15 minutes each. It all counts!

Make it easy and fun! Change it up and do a variety of activities you enjoy by yourself or with a safely-distanced buddy.

Crankin’ up the tunes while you work will actually make you move faster and with more intensity.

Join us in our 2020 Get Moving for Bag It Fundraiser, Oct. 16-25, for a variety of activities to get you motivated.

 

Learn More and Register Here!

Get Moving for Bag It

Calling all Bag It Friends across the country – WE NEED YOU!

As the planning began for the 17th Annual Take a Hike for Bag It and with the ramifications and uncertainties of COVID 19 it became apparent that the format of our annual event would need to be changed. A few things that we needed to keep in mind: how to have a financially successful fundraising event and still keep the integrity of the annual hike that the participants would  love and continue to support. After much research, input from our hike volunteers, past participants, board and staff it was decided that the 17th Annual Take a Hike for Bag It become Get Moving for Bag It.

This year’s event let’s you hike, bike or whatever you like on your own time and on your own turf. 

Bag It  is reaching out to all our loyal friends as we NEED your continuing support. We have created a unique fundraising event as the annual Take a Hike for Bag It in Tucson is on hold this year. We are hoping to have ALL our friends from the West Coast to the East Coast  join us and support this year’s annual fundraising event as it is essential for Bag It to continue to fulfill its mission.

Get Moving to support Bag It’s mission to educate, support & empower those impacted by cancer. 

Your participation helps raise funds to continue to provide the Bag It bag at NO CHARGE to those impacted by cancer. The contents in the bag helps patients and caregivers talk to their healthcare providers, know what questions to ask, and serve as the most important advocate on their healthcare team. Will you help empower the expected 1.8 million new cancer cases to be diagnosed this year in the United States?

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It’s simple: Sign up and Get Moving!

Register Today!

Once registered you will have full access to the Get Moving information, daily activities, and be entered into drawings and contests. 

Thank you for helping to raise over $38,000 at the 15th Annual Take a Hike for BAG IT​

Thank you for helping to raise over $38,000 at the 15th Annual Take a Hike for BAG IT​

Wrap Up Collage
TAKE A HIKE + YOU =
A great fun filled Sunday morning at Catalina State Park celebrating 15 years of Take a Hike for Bag It ! Whether you joined us for a beautiful scenic morning, sponsored a bag from home, or were with us in spirit, we appreciate your support!
 
Dan Marries, Tucson News anchor, welcomed our hikers back to the Ramada that was rocking to the music from LatinoBazaar and encouraged them to join in on all the fun and activities! Guests enjoyed their meal choice from Gigi’s food truck, a chance to win fabulous prizes in the Raffle, Silent Auction, and Spin the Wheel and played “Where’s the Bag It bag.” Sandra Valenzuela, a volunteer that has been with Bag It from the very beginning shared about how she got started and why she continues to volunteer and support Bag It. We were able to say a big THANK YOU to founding board member, Dr. Don Brooks, who recently stepped down after 15 years of board service (don’t worry we’re going to keep him involved in some aspect) and acknowledged eight sponsors who have supported Bag It for all 15 years. With the help of 55 wonderful volunteers, 150 awesome attendees, and 19 generous sponsors, Bag It was able to raise over $38,000 to help EDUCATE, SUPPORT & EMPOWER those impacted by cancer.
SPONSOR A BAG

Sponsor a bag

These donations help ensure that anyone who wants a Bag It bag can receive one at no charge. If someone does not receive a bag from their medical provider and are unable to make a suggested donation they can call us and because of YOU we are able to send them a bag to help them be informed and feel empowered to be their own advocate.
Thank you for providing 60 individuals with cancer a bag through your Sponsor a Bag donations.
And the winner is . . . Rosa  Rousseau. Congratulations Rosa! We hope you have a great time when you journey to Phoenix.
We LOVE our BAG IT Partners

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.