Support Provided To Patients
We serve New Mexicans affected by cancer and ensure that access to treatment is possible. Throughout the northern part of the state, most cancer patients must travel to Santa Fe to receive treatment. This may not be affordable, especially when treatment is administered over a period of days or weeks.
Many cancer patients throughout Northern New Mexico rely on us for mileage reimbursement, overnight lodging, grocery cards, and support groups. Without access to these important services, many would endure extreme financial hardship, or even forgo treatment all together.
We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. We’re here to help.
Services available based on financial need
Most cancer patients throughout northern New Mexico must travel to Santa Fe for treatment, which may cause significant financial hardship or may not be affordable at all. We provide mileage reimbursement to qualifying patients.
Some patients are required to travel significant distances to get through a course of treatment, and roundtrip travel isn’t always practical, advisable, or even possible. We provide qualified patients with overnight lodging next to the Regional Cancer Center so they can rest and focus on recovery.
A cancer diagnosis often results in increased financial obligations and reduced wages. In order to ensure that nutritious foods aren’t cut from the family’s budget while patients undergo treatment, grocery cards are provided to those who qualify.
Services available to all patients regardless of financial need
We offer several types of support groups to cancer patients and their loved ones. Whether newly diagnosed, newly recovered, dealing with a metastatic condition, or mourning the loss of a loved one, there is an experienced, licensed facilitator ready to welcome you into our support network.
Trained volunteers (many who have been with us for 10 years or more) are available to assist patients with basic comforts while undergoing chemotherapy. They may provide warm pillows and blankets, snacks and beverages, or are happy to keep you company (or leave you alone) based on how you’re feeling.
Community Resource Information
In addition to the services offered by our organization, other community resources may be available to you. Based on your unique circumstances, our Patient Services Coordinator may be able to help you identify additional types of support.
Apply for Assistance
Mileage reimbursement, overnight lodging, and grocery cards are offered to qualified patients based on financial need. To be eligible for these services, you must meet the following criteria:
- You have received a cancer diagnosis and are undergoing treatment in Santa Fe.
- Your documented income is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines as outlined in the Patient Assistance Eligibility Application.
Meet Caroline Owen
Patient Services and Volunteer Coordinator
Caroline holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She has been working in the field of social work for over 20 years, and has been working with patients served by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico for 11 years. Caroline processes applications for assistance, determines eligibility, and provides one-on-one support to cancer patients to ensure access to treatment.
Meet Johanna Medina
Patient Services and Volunteer Coordinator
Johanna graduated with her Master’s in Social Work and MBA from New Mexico Highlands University. Johanna received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. She has worked in New Mexico for the last seven years as a school social worker and medical social worker with the Department of Health. She has also been the caregiver for a stage IV cancer survivor. Johanna is a native New Mexican from Logan and has lived in Santa Fe since 2019. Johanna is excited to work with cancer patients and their families as a service coordinator as well as helping to coordinate the foundation’s volunteers.
Patient & Caregiver Support Groups
Travel Miles Reimbursed
Join Our Amazing Team Of Volunteers
CFFNM is a volunteer-supported organization and we need your help!
There are many ways you can volunteer to help cancer patients and families that need help.