December 17 is a special day for Carrie Schmidt, it’s her dad’s birthday. Carrie’s dad, Ed Demers, died at the age of 42 from leukemia. Years after his passing she became a Thirty-One bag consultant and found a way to pay tribute to Ed’s memory every year and help patients fighting cancer at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. This marks the 4th year Carrie has donated the bags.
Throughout the year she and her clients purchase bags that include a blanket, lotions, Kleenex, crossword puzzles, and things to do while having chemotherapy treatment.
BVRMC patients appreciate the items and people that donate bags to help comfort them during treatment.
“It’s just my way of honoring my dad and helping others,” says Carrie.
Pictured above are Linda Hinkeldey, Marcy Glienke, Carrie Schmidt, Kelli Pedersen, Melonie Glienke, Robin Koster, Susan Buckendahl and Melissa Temple.