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6/1/19: Save the Date! Supper Club 2019

Save the Date! Supper Club 2019 is Around the Corner.

The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico invites you to the fifth annual Supper Club at the Compound Restaurant. The focus of this event is to raise awareness of our permanently restricted endowment, the 10/10 Visionary Fund and to secure the future of our mission to help save lives.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
5:30 – 9:00 pm

The Compound Restaurant
653 Canyon Rd. in Santa Fe

Tickets $250 per person

This event sells out quickly every year!

For more information, please contact Barbara at (505) 955-7931 x. 1 or barbara@cffnm.org

5/13/19: Hear Two of Our Support Group Leaders on the Richard Eeds Show!

Ronni Levine, LMFT, and Janet Smith, RN, are two of the professional support group leaders at the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. Hear these wonderfully dedicated women discuss their work with Richard Eeds on KTRC by clicking on the podcast here.

The Cancer Foundation offers several types of support groups in Santa Fe and the Los Alamos area. These are offered for FREE to participants – including patients, caregivers, friends, and family. To view the full list of support groups, schedules, and locations, please visit our Patient Support Groups page.

5/3/19: New Writing Workshop for Cancer Patients & Survivors

Joanne Fay Brown, MSW

Write to Heal

A FREE writing workshop based on (but not limited by) the life-changing diagnosis of cancer

The intent of this group for cancer patients and survivors is that you experience “Expressive Writing” as a way of healing. While writing may not cure, it can heal, according to scientific studies. Writing with others on parallel paths will be our avenue to reclaim our voices, and reconnect with our lives. Everyone is welcome: if you have never written, or if you have always written. The workshop is based on the acclaimed Amherst Writers & Artists method.

Six Tuesdays, June 11 through July 16

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Joanne Fay Brown, MSW, has led Amherst Writers & Artists workshops in Berkeley, Oaxaca, Mexico, and now in Santa Fe. She is a cancer survivor and a Master in Social Work.

Questions? / Registration:

Contact Joanne Brown at (510) 381-1205 or joanne@joannebrown.com – OR –
Patient Services Coordinator Caroline Owen at (505) 955-7931 x 3, caroline@cffnm.org

4/2/19: Announcing New Grief & Recovery Support Group

The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico is pleased to announce a new support group focused on Grief & Recovery for those who have lost a loved one to cancer. 

There is no expiration date on grieving because this process changes and evolves over time. Participants will share, learn, and receive support in a safe space. This group is open to friends, family, and caregivers experiencing grief and loss. 

Support groups are offered at no cost to participants. Grief & Recovery meets every Thursday from 11 am – 12:15 pm at the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico offices.

Facilitated by Ronni Levine, LMFT. To view the full selection of support groups offered by the Cancer Foundation, please click here

Questions? Please call (505) 955-7931 x. 3 or email caroline@cffnm.org.

3/6/19: Thanks to the Santa Fe Community for Another Incredible Sweetheart Auction!

Actress Ali MacGraw poses with winning bidders of a rare Gustov Baumann woodblock & print.

We hope you were among the 850 guests who joined in the fun at the 14th Annual Sweetheart Auction on February 9th. With over 500 items up for bid, the crowd took advantage of the opportunity to raise money for a great cause.

This single event generates more than half of the annual revenue needed to fund the life-critical patient services provided by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. As a local, independent nonprofit, all money raised stays in New Mexico to assist New Mexican cancer patients.

This event is a success thanks to the months of work and commitment of hundreds of volunteers and the support of auction item donors, sponsors, and the guests who attend. Their efforts to raise this money will allow us to continue to deliver on our promise that no qualified New Mexican cancer patient is ever turned away from our services.

1/12/19: In Memory of Donald Meyer

Donald Aaron Meyer, a retired attorney, community leader and longtime member of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico Board of Directors, passed away on January 8, 2019, with his wife Barbara by his side.

Donald was well known throughout Santa Fe for the many community initiatives he enthusiastically supported. In addition to his dedication to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico and the patients it supports, Donald served as Vice President of the Santa Fe Railroad Corporation, and in roles with SITE Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Arts commission, WESTAF and many other organizations both in Santa Fe and in New Orleans, LA, where he practiced law for many years.

A service to honor Donald’s life will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:30 pm at Rivera Memorial Gardens, 417 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, with a celebration of Donald’s life at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico at PO Box 5038, Santa Fe NM 87502 or online at www. cffnm.org.

11/27/18: Help Us Provide 50 Grocery Cards to Cancer Patients this Holiday Season!

Volunteers at the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico hold “Unselfie” signs which tell why they give to the organization. Reasons include, “We help sooooo many families!” and “There’s a real need and CFFNM makes a difference.”

Donate Today and We’ll Add Your Special Someone to Our Honor Roll. 

We’re working to raise $2,500 to provide 50 grocery cards to cancer patients and their families this holiday season.

Donors will have the opportunity to list a special someone under the Honor Roll section of our website: a friend, family member, beloved pet, or even a healthcare provider.

What better way to honor a loved one who has been affected by cancer than to support others who are involved in the fight? Your support makes an incredible difference to those who receive our services.

Support a cancer patient in need this holiday season.

Thank you to our friends and neighbors for supporting the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico and the local Santa Fe nonprofit community!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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.