Donated items provide comfort to cancer patients

 Area cancer patients are receiving a little extra comfort due to the efforts of Brooke Halverson (left) of Barron and members of area communities who donated money to purchase care bags. The bags include comfort care items such as a fleece blanket, lotion, hand sanitizer, lip balm and more. In all, 66 bags were donated to patients at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron and Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake or given directly to those with cancer. Halverson and Stacy Cole (right) a chemotherapy nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System, were able to present the first bag to a patient in Barron.