Written by Beacon Group…
For the last eight years, Beacon Group has assembled bags for Bag It, one of the country’s leading resource centers for cancer recovery that provides resources, tools, and services for patients, caregivers and advocates. The resource bags that Beacon puts together include a wide variety of materials that need to be collated, inserted and packaged in a specific way.
Beacon assembles over 8,000 bags per year, and that number is expected to grow as Bag It expands distribution across the country. Teamwork was a big part of the process, especially when major changes for Bag It’s organization required production adjustments for a new bag design. Flexibility and communication strengths from both sides contribute to the success of the arrangement. Bag It’s executive director, Mindy Griffith, explains ”I like the idea that we are supporting individuals with disabilities of course. But your service is phenomenal! If we have questions, they are answered quickly. If there are problems, they are taken care of.”
Mindy Griffith and Sherri Romanoski from Bag It
By: Lori McNeill, Arizona Oncology
“I was shocked.” This, perhaps not surprisingly, was Sherri Romanoski’s response to being told back in 2000, at the age of 48, that she had breast cancer.
“It hit me hard. I was full of fear,” said Sherri.
Along with that fear can sometimes come a sense of powerlessness—how do I combat a disease I don’t fully understand?—and a lot of questions. What’s my cancer treatment plan? How long will it take? What can I do outside of the doctor’s appointments right now to help make a positive difference? How do I tell my family? What do I share, if anything, at work? What do I do about side effects? How am I going to pay for all these medications?
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