Several bags of different colors and designs were delivered to Quincy Medical Group’s Medical Oncology Team this week.  Each bag, 78 in total, is a Chemo Care Tote packed with a purpose to bring comfort and joy to individuals currently facing cancer treatments.

Delivering the bags were Alyssa Hummel, Ashley Fischer, and Stephanie Kelly with Thirty-One Gifts.  The Chemo Care Totes are part of Big Love Projects, a series of fundraising efforts facilitated by Thirty-One consultants who utilize their business to pay it forward to those around them.

Fischer and Kelly spearheaded the project and, along with Hummel, all have personal connections with cancer.  “We all have known someone diagnosed with cancer,” said Fischer.  “Our hearts go out to them.  This was our way to give back and show our support.”

Each Chemo Comfort Bag contained a mind-stimulating activity, blanket, chocolate, hard candy, hand sanitizer, tissues, lip balm, lotion, and snacks.  “We reached out to those who have completed chemotherapy or are currently going through it and asked what would make your journey a little better and bring you some comfort,” explained Alyssa.

That added time and consideration will make these gifts all the more meaningful, said Diane Gerards, Senior Director, Medical Oncology Services with Quincy Medical Group.

“They did their research. They really approached this project from their hearts and reached out to the community to make this happen,” said Gerards.  “I think it is a testament to their philanthropy and the community helping the community.”

The generosity of the community is what made the project a reality.  “I met incredible people throughout this project,” said Fischer.  “So many people were willing to help. It gives me chills.”

The Chemo Comfort Bags project is one of many fundraising efforts from Big Love Projects.  Each month the group of consultants focuses on one community project.  Those projects vary, and are driven by the interests and passions of the women involved.  “We encourage everyone to find something close to their hearts,” explained Hummel.

For more information on Big Love Projects, contact Alyssa Hummel at 217-617—0860 or visit www.facebook.com/BigLoveProjects/

Written By Erica Douglas