Brevard woman says chemo bag donations show cancer patients the community cares

Brevard's Cherie Scott, our Person of the Week, found a way to reach out to cancer patients fighting for their lives.

Four years ago, she launched an effort now called Cherie's Bags of Love. And she's looking for folks to sponsor bags for the next batch.

"It warms my heart that it made someone smile on a bad day," she said, after donating 52 this month to patients at Brevard Cancer Center.

"Warm thoughts can make the sun a little brighter, the sky a little bluer, the world a little nicer," Scott said, reading a card that comes in each bag.

Sweet gestures also seem a little sweeter at the right moment.

Twice a year, Scott fills brightly colored bags of supplies for folks who need compassion more than ever.

"Well, they're getting the bag while they are getting their education," she explained. "What are the drugs going to make them feel like? At the end of that, they get this bag."

She asks people to sponsor cancer chemo bags. Scott is a rep for Thirty-One, which makes the totes. She gets a commission for each one she sells, but in turn, Scott uses that money to buy the supplies that go inside.

"I put a blanket in there, I put lotion," she said. "Vitamin C throat drops, a puzzle book."

Lee Hines, with a group called Pink Fishing, sponsored 10 of them. Both his parents died of cancer.

"I'll do whatever I can to help her do this," he said.

Lisa Chappell got one of Scott's bags in January. It's full of things she needed -- and full of hope.

"It's a very wonderful thing that you do," Chappell told Scott. "Thank you, I'll have to do more."

Chappell, who has breast cancer, still carries the bag.

"It made me feel everything wasn't going to be so bad," she said.

"That was my goal,"Scott told her. "A little bit of smile on a bad day.

"And it's a really nice gift, thank you," Chappell said.

That exchange is an example of the impact the bags have had on so many patients.

"It makes me feel good that I am doing something good,, that I am helping my community," Scott said.

Scott hopes her effort gets even bigger with time, so every cancer patient can get one, because sometimes a bag is more than just a bag. Sometimes it's a loud and clear message.

"That someone cares. The community's around them. Don't lose faith," Scott said, sitting on a couch full of filled totes.