The Blessed Bag seed was planted in 2009 with our founder, Kristina Azur Mete, who wanted to pay tribute to her dear friend, Jennifer Staley who passed away after several months of being in the hospital. Jen was an amazing teacher who loved helping little ones learn to read. God put it on Kristina’s heart to start a charity in her honor to give a bag with a book, a bear, and a blanket to children in the hospital battling cancer.
Blessed Bag became a reality in February 2014, after seeing one of her family members undergo chemotherapy and learning about how difficult the journey is for cancer patients. Kristina decided to put her idea in motion to bring joy and hope and show God’s love to them. She began to collect donations to purchase bags that would be filled with items to make chemotherapy treatments more comfortable for cancer patients.
In 2018, Kristina graciously turned over control to Jessica Main, who worked closely with Kristina to advise on the contents of the bag. Ms. Main was diagnosed in 2010 with Triple Positive Breast cancer at the age of 39. After 8 months of chemotherapy, Ms. Main learned how the toxic mix of drugs affects the body during treatment. Each item in our Warrior Bags is strategically placed to provide comfort for a cancer patient going through treatment. When a delivery is made to a cancer center, the patients simply can’t believe that someone they do not know would do something so special for them during such a difficult time in life. It is a joy to talk to the patients, hear their stories and offer hope and encouragement.