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11/6/18: Imagine You Couldn’t Afford to Drive to Cancer Treatment


Imagine You or Someone You Love Couldn’t Afford to Drive to Cancer Treatment

The financial and emotional stress of a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. And sadly, in New Mexico, there are many people who are financially unable to start and complete their required cancer treatment. We’re working to ease this burden for New Mexicans by providing non-medical support that ensures access to treatment in Santa Fe.

Together, we supported more than 24,000 patient visits last year. This record number is an increase of 14% over 21,000 patient visits the year before. Your commitment to our mission is vital. Every mileage reimbursement check, hotel accommodation near the treatment center, grocery card, and support group we provide eases the path forward for a cancer patient and their family.

Imagine how Your Donation can Help Save Lives in the Battle Against Cancer

With your donation, you can honor a special person involved in the battle against cancer on the HONOR ROLL, which will be featured on our website through Feb. 28, 2019.

You may make a donation “In Honor Of” or “In Memory Of” a patient, healthcare professional, volunteer or anyone you wish. Click the Honor Roll image below to DONATE.

 

 

 

10/25/18: Save the Date for Sweetheart Auction 2019!


The Sweetheart Auction, Santa Fe’s Favorite Winter Party, is February 9th!

Make sure to circle Saturday, February 9, on your new 2019 calendar. That is the date of the 14th Annual Sweetheart Auction. Join us at 5:00 p.m. in the Santa Fe Convention Center where we expect more than 800 guests for a delicious dinner and dessert buffet by Peas ‘n Pod Catering, complimentary wine and beer bar, fantastic silent and live auctions that feature more than 400 items, Ali’s Alley and more. It a great party for a great cause!

This single event generates nearly half of the annual revenue for the life-critical patient services provided by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. Last year’s sponsors and guests raised funds that helped us support more than 24,000 cancer patient visits to Santa Fe.

As a local, independent nonprofit, all money raised stays in New Mexico to assist cancer patients. It’s neighbors helping neighbors!

You can have fun and support a cause that helps save lives. So save the date! Better yet, visit our website and  register to attend the party, view Live and Silent Auction items, and buy Dream Vacation Raffle tickets.


Dream Vacation Raffle Tickets Available!

Do you like to travel? Do you like to help people? The Dream Vacation Raffle offers the opportunity to do both!

Your chances of winning are good, as no more than 2,000 raffle tickets will be sold. All proceeds of this raffle will fund vital patient services, so every ticket you buy will support New Mexican cancer patients on their journey.

The raffle winner may choose from one of these four incredible destinations:

Tickets available now on our website with special pricing for multiple tickets. The drawing will be held at the Sweetheart Auction on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Winner need not be present to win.

For more information on the 2019 Sweetheart Auction visit www.cffnm.org or
call Barbara at the CFFNM office at 505-955-7931 ext. 1.


 

9/17/18: In Memory of Beth Carlozzi


Beth Carlozzi passed away peacefully on September 15, 2018, at home surrounded by the family and within sound of the animals she loved.

In 2005, Beth and her beloved husband Steve Siegrist moved to Santa Fe – along with their dogs and horses – to be near his son, Zeb Siegrist, both of whom survive her. Since then, Beth has worked at the Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center – first as nurse manager/clinical coordinator of medical and radiation oncology and more recently in the new position of nurse navigator.

Beth was known in the cancer care community in northern New Mexico as a tenacious and empathetic advocate for patients with cancer, focused on helping them negotiate their journey. The subject of her doctoral thesis — spirituality in cancer treatment and its impact on patient outcomes – was an outgrowth of some of her work in the cancer center. It was the first nursing research study at the cancer center and inspired some of her colleagues to perform studies of their own. Beth participated in the center’s Surviving and Thriving workshops, and her infectious laugh and compassion provided warmth to the waiting and infusion rooms and hallways.

Beth will be missed by all who knew her.

The family has not yet made plans for a memorial service, although her colleagues and family will be walking in her memory in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Santa Fe on October 6.  Anyone wishing to may make a donation in her name to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico may do so here.


 

9/16/18: CFFNM Welcomes New Additions


The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico is pleased to announce new additions to its team of Medical Consultants and Board of Directors. Each individual is deeply committed to furthering the Foundation’s mission and brings a unique area of expertise to the table. We thank them for their volunteer service to our organization.

Karen LoRusso, MD

Medical Consultant

Medical consultants provide a critical service to the Foundation by offering guidance on oncology diagnosis and treatment, and making recommendations regarding the services we provide.

Dr. LoRusso is President of New Mexico Cancer Care Associates. She completed her residency at the University of New Mexico, received her Fellowship training at the University of Virginia, and has practiced in Santa Fe, NM, since 2005. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology.  She is a member of the American Society of Medical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

 

 

Bill Buchsbaum

Board of Directors

We welcome Bill’s return to the Board of Directors after a one-year hiatus. He has been actively involved with several local non-profits for many years, including the  Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Native Treasures, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Mentoring Kids Works NM, and the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico.

He spent 30 years as an investment adviser, and is the author of 2 books on the stock market.

Bill enjoys taking Beau, his 10 pound Maltese therapy dog, to hospitals, clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. Bill and Beau often visit up to 1,000 patients monthly.

 

Chris Castro

Board of Directors

Chris is the co-founder of V+C Public Relations, a consulting firm specializing in communications, branding, and corporate strategy for technology and health sciences companies. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Elysium Health; served as Senior Vice President at CBS Corp.; was Vice President of Communications for 23 and Me; and was Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations at Genentech.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.

Chris is also on the board of Creative Startups here in Santa Fe, and volunteers at The Food Depot.

 

Steven Gray

Board of Directors

Steve is the Owner and CEO of Gray Technologies, providing software to logistics businesses. Prior to that, he was actively involved in the restaurant industry – both as a Chef and restaurant owner.

Steve is the Chairman of the Perfect Day Foundation in Nashville and is a Board member of the Española Humane Society. He is also actively involved with his family’s non-profit, which studies the total limnology of fresh water.

Steve is a national water skiing participant and enjoys snow skiing, tennis, and cooking.

 


 

8/6/18: Supper Club Sold Out!

 


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!
Please be sure to join our email list to receive notifications when tickets go on sale next year. To be added to the waiting list, please call Barbara at 505-955-7931 x. 1, or email barbara@cffnm.org.

About the Event:

Wednesday, September 5th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

We invite you to join us for the 4th Annual Supper Club at the Compound Restaurant on Wednesday, September 5th. Enjoy a menu crafted by James Beard Award-winning Chef Mark Kiffin, and learn more about the progress of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico 10/10 Visionary Fund, a permanently restricted endowment that helps ensure future sustainability for the foundation.

Ticket Information:

$250 per person includes a cocktail reception and hord’oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner.


More Information

The 10/10 Visionary Fund:

During the past 15 years, the requests for Cancer Foundation for New Mexico’s life-critical services has grown steadily. As the only local organization to provide a high level of consistent support services to in-need cancer patients in northern New Mexico, we assisted with more than 21,000 patient visits in Santa Fe in the past 12 months. To date no patient who qualifies for our services has been turned away.

To plan for the future, in 2015 our leadership established the 10/10 Visionary Fund, so called because our goal is to raise $10 million in 10 years. The 10/10 Visionary Fund will build an endowment with earnings that will generate ongoing income to support the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico mission.

Each gift is a building block for the future. Contributions to this endowment will help save lives by ensuring that the good work of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico will continue for as long as cancer exists. Click here for more info.

Chef Bio:

James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef in the Southwest 2005,” Mark Kiffin — chef and owner of The Compound Restaurant — has worked, written, and taught in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years. A recognized leader in Southwestern cuisine, Kiffin creates a seasonal, Contemporary American Menu combining the diverse culinary influences of the Mediterranean with those of the New World. Bon Appétit Magazine calls The Compound “One of the region’s best restaurants, showcasing Mark’s sophisticated brand of southwestern cuisine with Mediterranean accents.” Judith Hill of The Santa Fe New Mexican called her experience “Zen like” and refers to Kiffin’s passion and flavors as a personal affair with food.

We Acknowledge and Thank our 10/10 Visionary Society Members

  • Toby Anderson & Bunny Terry
  • Anonymous
  • Janet & Stockton Colt
  • Zella Cox
  • Susan and Steven J. Goldstein, MD
  • Valerie & Bud Hamilton
  • Belinda & Brad Karp
  • Bill Saubert
  • Larri Short & Steve Reilly

 

6/11/18: Save the Date! Supper Club 2018


 

 

 

Please save the date for the 2018 Supper Club, which will take place on Wednesday, September 5 at The Compound Restaurant.  Enjoy a fabulous dinner by Chef Mark Kiffin and meet other dedicated supporters of The Cancer Foundation.  See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Welcome newest Board member, Steven M. Trujillo, Ph.D.


The Board of Directors welcomes back Steven M. Trujillo, Ph.D.

Steven is a systems analysis manager at Sandia National Laboratories.  He has been at Sandia for almost twenty years, starting as a post-doctoral researcher, and serving in a variety of roles including as Sandia’s technical adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs.  In his present work, he manages a team of analysts providing technical insight to Sandia’s defense partners.  He received a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Steven is a native Santa Fean, with multiple community interests.  His introduction to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico was through the volunteers in the chemo room during his mother’s cancer experience.  He eventually became a volunteer himself, and served previously as a Board member from 2011-2013.  Please join us in welcoming Steven back to the Board of the Cancer Foundation!


 

Thank you, everyone!


The 2018 Sweetheart Auction was a tremendous success, thanks to all of you!  Thank you to our sponsors, our volunteers, our attendees, and everyone who worked so hard to make this such a beautiful evening.  We are so grateful.

If you had a plaque on the Honor Wall but were unable to take it home that night, we will be happy to send it along to you.

Yes, the Sweetheart Auction will be back in 2019!

 

 


Missed our exciting News? Catch up on our past Newsletters!

Check out our archived email newsletters to hear about all the exciting things that have been happening here at the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. Don’t miss another opportunity to stay in touch. Sign up for future newsletters!

– You Make a Difference!, May 26

– Remembering Doris Brittenham, June 16

– Many Hands Helping One Mission, June 30

– A Great Game for a Great Cause, July 11

– Saving Lives Brick By Brick, July 26