CANCER AID RESOURCE & EDUCATION, INC. (CARE)
125 North Main Street, Suite 114
Las Cruces, NM 88001
CARE’s impact in the Doña Ana County community is like no other. CARE was established so that Doña Ana County will have a physical location for any local cancer patient to go to and obtain services or assistance to cope with their cancer diagnosis. CARE is dedicated to establishing or assisting in services, resources, general education, and other additional services that will help address the challenges that many Doña Ana County cancer patients, children and adults, face while receiving treatment for any type of cancer with no cost to the local cancer patients. This need exists in Doña Ana County.
MISSION STATEMENT: “Today we are helping to improve the quality of life of Doña Ana County cancer patients, children and adults .”
VISION STATEMENT: “Our vision is that no cancer patient or family member in Doña Ana County will be without access to information and services.”
When an individual hears the words, “You have cancer” everything in their life comes to a roaring stop. Fear and anxiety take over and not only for the person with the diagnosis, but for their whole family. People handle this hard time differently, but most, after a period, start looking into what their options are and where their supports might be.
That is where CARE comes in. We are not about cancer research or medical care – there are many fine organizations committed to research and medicine and they are doing incredible work. But, for the individual and family dealing right here, right now, with the reality of cancer, we offer “hands on” support. Things like financial assistance with gas cards to get to treatment, utilities, groceries, rent, medical travel costs and lodging. We can connect them to community resources and information. Almost all of us have been or will be touched by cancer in our lives. Someone we know and care about or even ourselves will hear those very hard words, “you have cancer”. Our goal at CARE is to be sure that no one has to struggle with the necessities of life during that time. Our goal at CARE is to ensure that while families are dealing with cancer they have dignity and as much strength and courage as we can help provide.
Yolanda “Yoli” R. Diaz
In honor and memory of my father, Emilio Rigales Sr., who died of lung cancer, I have chosen to take a different path in my life. I feel very passionately that even though we could not change the outcome of our father’s disease, that I can do something to help others who have been affected with this devastating disease, cancer. Our family has also dealt with the stress of the constant risk cancer has for our cancer survivors in our family. My oldest son, Mario Jr., is a four-time melanoma survivor; he was diagnosed for the first time when he was 23 years old. We also have other family members who are cancer survivors and some who have passed away from this dreadful disease. I dedicated my time in the last few years to volunteering for different organizations. Through my volunteering, I learned that the need to help our local cancer patient strongly exists! And, I also learned that there was not a local nonprofit organization to help our Doña Ana County cancer patients who were coping with the diagnosis of any type of cancer. This caused me to take a different focus. Cancer does not discriminate. Any one of us can become a cancer patient. As a result of my experiences, I fully have knowledge that the need to help our local cancer patients exists in our community. At least now, I can say that I am doing something about addressing this need. I am taking action to help our local cancer patients. I will volunteer my time to CARE to make a difference in helping our local community, especially cancer patients who reside in Doña Ana County. I strongly encourage our community to get involved with us and help us help others in our great community!
CARE Vice President
I understand the hardship a cancer diagnosis brings. My father and sister are cancer survivors and we have family members that are survivors and family members who have been lost to cancer. I want to do my part to help our community, including cancer patients that need help while they are going through treatment.
We hope that you join us in this mission to help our local community in the area of cancer assistance, awareness and education, etc.