RIS Launches Tote Bag Program

Miranda Mead, with her mother Julie, receives one of the first RIS Sarcoma Tote Bags

Miranda Mead, with her mother Julie, receives one of the first RIS Sarcoma Tote Bags

The RIS Patient and Family Support Committee, made up of many members who are sarcoma survivors, decided that one way they could help newly diagnosed or relapsed patients was to have gift bags available for hospital nurses to give to these patients to demonstrate that they are not alone in their battle with sarcoma.  Several months ago they sat down and brain stormed things they would have liked to have if they were to receive this “tote bag of hope”

Each bag may be a little different as we have received many donations for the bags.  Included in the bag are a handmade blanket, shawl, colorful pillow case, adult or children’s coloring book, tooth brush and tooth paste, lip balm, socks, Willow Tree Angel and a gift card etc.  Also included is a list of RIS patient support activities and how to contact us.  The bags are in categories, children under 10, young adults, men and women. See our “RIS Tote Bag Recipe” for more info and ways you can help.

Patient and Family Support Committee members with first assembled RIS Tote bags

Patient and Family Support Committee members with first assembled RIS Tote bags

The committee has appointed people to be the liaison with a designated nurse or child life specialist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic (Pediatric and Adult) and the University of Minnesota (Pediatric and Adult).  The committee had a lot of fun sourcing the products for the first round of bags and filling the bags.  The bags are now being delivered to the liaisons at the hospitals.  In addition, a few bags have been delivered to patients we already know in the hospital.

If interested, please join the Patient and Family Support committee and take part in planning a variety of activities including: finding items for future bags (see our Tote Bag Recipe), planning the fall Gathering, and other support activities. You can also help with the September RIS Garage sale which the committee is hosting to raise money for future bags and patient and family support activities. For more information or time and date of the next meeting email or call Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 3.