2021

FY Annual Report

Our Mission

To help save lives by providing the needed support to enable every northern New Mexican with cancer to access treatment in Santa Fe.

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“You have cancer.” Few words have the power to change a life in the blink of an eye like those three small words.

When you add the surprise and fear of hearing those words to the barriers faced by many of the Northern New Mexicans we serve, you can imagine that some patients consider giving up before they begin.

When a tank of gas to get to Santa Fe, a place to spend the night, or the simple dignity of feeding one’s family becomes one more seemingly insurmountable task, the resulting indecision can be paralyzing and frequently devastating.

Recently, a head and neck cancer patient faced what the rest of us can hardly imagine. Living in Guadalupita, he had no one in his family who could afford to buy gas to drive him to and from treatment. The Cancer Foundation stepped in and began providing mileage reimbursements so that his nephew would be able to drive this cherished uncle to Santa Fe to access treatment.

Your help continues to provide life-critical patient services to people like this man. For over eighteen years, the Foundation has been helping other patients in similar situations, in many instances saving lives, and all due to generous donors like you!

In the past twelve months, the Cancer Foundation supported nearly 30,000 patient visits, 900 nights of lodging, and more than 300 support group participants. With your help, we reimbursed more than 395,000 miles for treatment. The ripple effect of your support has, over the years, impacted tens of thousands of patients, family members, and friends – sometimes even entire communities.

You may never meet any of these folks or hear their names. But please know that every one of them is aware that someone out there cares for them. Most importantly, they know that they aren’t in this fight for their life alone. You are there with them through the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico.

Thank you for the ways you help support our patients and our mission. We humbly ask that you continue that support by making a life-changing and life-saving contribution to our 2021 Annual Care Campaign. Every dollar given stays in New Mexico to make enormous differences for the people we serve, people like the uncle in Guadalupita and his extended family.

Please help us help those who have heard the words “You have cancer,” the folks who need us by their side right now. It’s that urgent and that important.

With gratitude always,

Bunny Terry, Board Chair

Vince Baca, Executive Director

Record Demand

The Past 12 Months

In the past twelve months, the Cancer Foundation supported nearly 30,000 patient visits, 900 nights of lodging, and more than 300 support group participants. With your help, we reimbursed more than 395,000 miles for treatment. The ripple effect of your support has, over the years, impacted tens of thousands of patients, family members, and friends – sometimes even entire communities.

10/10 Visionary Fund Campaign

Although patient demand and program costs increase every year, we are committed to our promise that no qualified cancer patient will ever be turned away from our life-critical services. To plan for the future the 10/10 Visionary Fund Campaign was launched in 2015 to raise $10 million in 10 years for a permanently restricted endowment. The fully funded permanently restricted endowment will generate ongoing income to cover our operating costs, thus allowing all other fundraising to be earmarked for needed patient services – travel reimbursement, overnight lodging, nutritious groceries, caring support groups and more. We have made good progress. However, there is more work to do, and we hope we can count on you to help us reach this goal with your cash and/or Planned Gift.

Santa Fe Cancer Patient New Mexico Travel

A Unique Year

COVID Mask Pandemic Cancer Patients VolunteersWithout a doubt, the last year presented significant challenges to everyone in our community. Despite the global pandemic however, CFFNM is proud to have provided uninterrupted support services to every qualifying patient and their family. Though some of our services had to adapt — support groups met online, volunteers were no longer allowed in treatment rooms, and the Supper Club and Sweetheart Auction were reinvented as virtual events — the commitment of our donors, Board of Directors, and staff ensured that patient support was unaffected.

As one patient shared,

“I am so grateful for the help the Foundation has offered. As a cancer patient, I can tell you that efforts like this make my battle a little bit easier to deal with. It has provided a means for me to travel to get to a few more days of treatments and ultimately, a few more days of life to spend with my family. This is priceless!”

 

Donor Funds Make An Impact

To start and complete treatment is the first step to survival for a cancer patient. Working with our donors we help to save the lives of our neighbors here in northern New Mexico. Patients are able to begin their cancer treatment confident that they will be supported until their treatment is completed. It is with the financial contributions of our generous donors that we have been able to keep our promise….no patient who qualifies for our services will ever beturned away.

What Our Donors Supported in the Past 12 Months

29,922

Patient Visitations

395,088

Travel Miles Reimbursed

872

Lodging Nights

1,532

Grocery Cards

2021 Annual Report

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