Spotlight: Meet some of our amazing BAG IT™ for the CAUSE Chemo Treatment Partners!

24 Sep


promobag_topview2Our inaugural BAG IT™ for the CAUSE Day of Service is just days away. We’ve raised $15,000 to underwrite the production and distribution of 300 BARB’S BAGs® to provide care & comfort to women living with cancer and in treatment. The support and enthusiasm for this service project has been both energizing and humbling. Our founder, Barbra Watson-Riley, would LOVE this day of service. Indeed she is absolutely the wind beneath the wings of this effort.

BAG IT™ for the CAUSE would not be possible without the active participation of treatment centers and organizations that service women living their lives “in the cancer lane“. So we are excited to share information with you about three of our treatment partners that have graciously and enthusiastically accepted our call to deliver BARB’S BAGs® to their constituents.

Chicago, Illinois

Cancer Care Unit at Advocate Trinity Hospital

advocate trinity hospitalDedicated to providing excellent health care close to home, Trinity Hospital has more than a century of tradition and commitment to serving your family’s health care needs. Its 300 physicians have expertise in more than 50 specialties and sub-specialties. Serving more than 90,000 patients each year, ATH provides a full range of services from obstetrics and emergency care to medical, surgical, cardiology, diabetes and cancer care.

ATH also offers complete diagnostic services including magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, mammography, computed tomography (CT) and cardiac catheterization. In addition, ATH offers outpatient rehabilitation services such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. Trinity Hospital is located on the south side of Chicago and services mostly African-American women, predominantly low and middle income.

New Rochelle, NY

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care’s (MECCC) BOLD Program

einstein-logoThe Bronx Oncology Living Daily (BOLD Living) Program, now under the newly formed Integrative Oncology Program, is a free, wellness and support program that was launched in 2008 to meet the particular needs of those affected by cancer in the Bronx. The program grew out of an ongoing psychosocial needs assessment of cancer patients in which the question was asked what services they would want to help them better cope and take charge of their health as they undergo this cancer journey. More than half of patients have asked for mind-body programs, physical fitness/nutrition workshops, creative arts programs, and health education classes with nearly one quarter requesting individual counseling and someone to accompany them to treatment or provide phone support.

In an effort to respond to these needs, the BOLD Wellness Workshop hosts over 10 free workshops per month at four different locations in the Bronx associated with the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care. In any given month, patients and their loved ones can participate in yoga, crochet, scrapbooking, a drum circle, Reiki healing, meditation, Aikido, and a walking group. In addition, there is weekly counseling and support groups lead by mental health counseling interns, and peer counseling through our volunteer-based BOLD Buddy Program. Everything is free, available in English and Spanish, and accessible to anyone affected by cancer in the Bronx regardless of where they receive their medical care. The goal is to empower through education, nurture through support, and serve through understanding our community.

South Florida

Memorial Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program

global-footer-mhs-logoFor years, Memorial’s breast cancer program has been helping breast cancer patients of all ages to become breast cancer survivors. The new Memorial Breast Cancer Center brings the strength of one of Florida’s largest breast cancer programs into one location, so that you can see your entire cancer-fighting team in one day.

When you or someone you love has breast cancer, strong is the only option. With the Memorial Breast Cancer Center on your side, you are stronger than cancer.

MBCC’s care includes:

  • A physician team that is internationally recognized for innovative research and treatment
  • Patient navigators to support you and guide your journey
  • Women’s Imaging Centers, with radiologists who specialize in breast care, so that your doctors get the right images the first time
  • A genetic testing and counseling program, to help to detect signs of breast cancer earlier than ever
  • An extensive clinical trials program and partnerships with leading research organizations, to give you access to the latest cancer treatments
  • An Image Recovery Center, to help in improving the way that you look, boost your mood, and increase self-esteem
  • A holistic approach to healing that includes nutrition, massage, exercise, acupuncture, psychological counseling and other types ofsupport.


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