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NMCCF NEWSLETTER - April 2021

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Because of you, the Foundation was able to give nearly $5000 to patients in need this month in the following areas:

  • Housing
  • Transporation
  • Food security
  • Utilities

You know we support patients,
but do you know our process?

The New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation supports many of our patients through our patient grants program. A committee comes together at least monthly to review applications and grant funds. Because of this program, patients receive help with emergency needs like those above. Look to future newsletters for more about our patient grants and other NMCCF programs!

Spotlight

This month, we highlight a married couple from Gallup, NM. Both recipients of the Foundation's patient grants, the wife spoke to Brittany Karnezis about the meaning of such support to both them and their family.

"Thank you to the Foundation so much! My husband and I are both patients at the New Mexico Cancer Center. We drive to the Albuquerque location very often, and the expenses are a lot. The Foundation has helped us make sure we have enough gas to make the trip to our doctor appointments. The Cancer Center staff is also so friendly and helpful. We couldn't do it without everybody."

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We love gratitude!

Each month on the 3rd Tuesday, we choose focus on the things that make us grateful. Whether it be the changing weather, furry family members, or just a pretty flower on the sidewalk, we hope you find some time for gratitude today.

This week, we focus on Joyce Graves, an NMCC Foundation board member and longtime volunteer.

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Joyce and her late husband Paul taking part in Relay for Life in Gallup, NM.

Joyce’s connection to the cancer world has come in numerous ways. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, she has since undergone surgery, chemo, radiation, as well as two other cancer diagnoses.

She jumped into volunteerism with the cancer community almost right away by becoming an American Cancer Society “Reach to Recovery” volunteer in 1994. She states:

“I was raised to "give back" and help other people. We were to look for ways to help besides giving money. We needed to use our talents, time, and energy to help other. That has continued with me throughout my life.”

Working with this one-one-one program for women diagnosed with breast cancer, she grew her volunteer service by becoming involved with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in 2000. She remains involved to this day. She has also been a volunteer with the New Mexico Cancer Center clinic in Gallup since they opened their doors in 2007.

Joyce and the Foundation’s other volunteers have been unable to see patients for much of the past year due to COVID-19, though many returned after vaccinations in early March. Joyce says returning to NMCC “was like coming home.”

Did you know Gallery With A Cause at the NMCC Albuquerque location

supports our Foundation with each art purchase?

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