Before the first cBAG was released to the public, the people behind the innovative new resource were already announcing its expansion.
The care bag for cancer, which includes contacts for support services, items to ease sickness, a comfort symbol and a 'wedding planner' to track the disease has been developed over 18 months by a passionate committee auspiced by the Albury Wodonga Cancer Foundation.
Jenny Jensen and Cristy Jacka have been at the helm and launched the first 1500 cBAGs at the Albury Entertainment Centre on Frday.
"Our hope is you will feel this big community hug, find some useful information to help you with a world-shattering diagnosis, and somehow it will help to make the path a little less rough," Ms Jensen said.
Ms Jacka said the committee was already planning to take the idea, which is modelled off successful breast cancer support bags, nationally.
"The more we worked on this project ... we realised it's not enough just to support our community," she said.
"Everybody who is diagnosed with cancer in Australia should receive both the cBAG and the cPLAN ... and one day they will.
"Jenny and I and the cBAG committee will begin the next phase of the project shortly.
"We first need to secure funding for another 1500 bags, and secondly we are taking steps towards the big goal of seeing this become a national project."
More than $1500 was raised towards those ambitions through the auctioning of items donated by businesses and the first two cBAGs.
The blue drawstring bags will be distributed by Border Medical Oncology and GenesisCare, the Hilltop accommodation centre and Terry White pharmacies.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre researcher David Bowtell shared the cBAG's importance from a clinical perspective with the crowd of nearly 200 people.
"I was very impressed with this folder of Cristy's, and it's come at an important time," he said.
"Conventional chemotherapy has been around for a long time ... but what has happened in the last decade has been a real revolution in cancer treatment; there's a whole suite of new drugs
"They have complicated names that are hard to remember and they come with unusual side effects that are very different to conventional chemotherapy.
"Patients can develop a very high fever that looks like an infection, but needs to be treated differently.
"If it's an emergency and they're being asked what they have been treated with and they can't lay their hands on that information, it can be a serious situation."
Professor Bowtell said the cPLAN in part fulfilled the intended purpose of the MyHealth Record, which is yet to be developed to a stage where all information is correlated.
"No one knows how long that will take; it's likely to take many years," he said.
"So the availability of this information is really transformative.
"These other things in terms of psychological well-being and side effects ... often those things from a medical sense seem small.
"It's not that doctors are hard-hearted and don't care about those things, but cancer's such a challenging disease the emphasis is really on getting the patients through chemotherapy and dealing with the physiology.
"The support the cBAG offers will make a very big difference.
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"There's the information part of it, and the material support whether it be the handwarmers or the one drop deoderiser to take away some of the things that add to nausea.
"What's been achieved out of a very sad situation for both families is really remarkable."
Present through the proceedings were the photos of Karl Jacka and Ricky Jensen, whose legacies and brave fights with cancer lead to the cPLAN and the cBAG being developed.
Lucy Jacka, 10, said; "As bad as it is that dad passed away, now my dad can help everybody beat cancer."
Albury MP Justin Clancy also acknowledged the "beautiful people" in "Cristy, Jenny, Lucy, Ricky and Karl".
"When Jen first introduced me to the cBAG, I was blown away," he said.
"We all walk through this journey which is called life, and for some of us we have these experiences where we are confronted, smack bang between the eyes.
"And it's in those moments where we're confronted, where themes of care, community, and compassion, mean so much.
"Here we have the cBAG, which embodies all of that."