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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Mission: CAPPED, Inc. is a grassroots New Mexico non-profit corporation dedicated to primary cancer prevention and support services.

Programs: 9 cancer awareness program presentations were given to civic organizations and clubs including vision of health presentations and everthing counts presentations reaching more than 800 people, healthy cooking classes, capped strummings (music therapy), and mandela art therapy classes. We also educated through 15 health fairs at different schools, hospitals and parks. We spoke on 2 radio shows and provided approximately 4,055 media commercials to promote cancer awareness programs. In the walk-in cancer prevention and support center, trained volunteers and staff provide personal consults with newly diagnosed and continuing cancer patients and/or their family members. Assistance is provided for research in the computer learning center/library. Cancer patients receive complimentary services in the capped center for integrative health care, including music and art therapy, medical chair massage, reike, zero gravity chairs, ionic footbaths, and more.

capped staff and trained volunteers met the cancer information and support needs of 1,413 walk in clients and answered 1,103 phone calls. Services provided included finding the most current information on cancers from the most respected sites on the internet, advocacy, emotional support, building toolbox of coping skills, helping to obtain insurance and/or health services, integrative health care services, teaching methods to help prevent cancer recurrence for cancer patients and to prevent first cancers for other family members, counseling on end of life issues for cancer patients and their loved ones and grief support for those left behind.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

drpaumarie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ms. Teresa Van Winkle continues to be a consummate resource of inspiration and hope for the Alamogordo, New Mexico community. She inspires all of us to look for exceptional ways to fulfill our goals of service above self to our neighbors, friends, and to those individuals in need of medical resources. These resources help individuals fight cancer and to succeed as a healthy individual.
We (especially myself) believe that Teresa’s mission at CAPPED is the lifeline that holds our community in high regard and for all persons who need hope and resources to survive cancer.
Teresa is our symbolic “Mother Teresa and our blessed Mary.” We love her very much.
Thanks, Teresa!
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As the premier cancer awareness entity in our small community of Alamogordo, NM; the Executive Director of CAPPED (Ms. Teresa Van Winkle) gives tirelessly and abundantly of her time, talent and resources. Volunteers in our community love what they do for CAPPED and truly love to assist CAPPED any time Teresa calls them.
During my nine plus years in the Alamogordo community; my daughter and husband continue to give volunteer assistance and as well personal monetary donations to CAPPED when time allows. I also continue to obtain ionic foot baths for a minimal fee as well as serve as an advisor on services that are non-cancer related.
Without the CAPPED organization; individuals who need emotional support or medical referral services would have no hope.
CAPPED gives hope and a positive outlook to many individuals in need of a place to go for counseling and special needs cancer assistance. CAPPED provides wigs or caps as well as referrals services to cancer specialists. Sometimes other organizations may have unintentionally or are unable to assist individuals with financial or emotional support—CAPPED always come to their rescue.
Teresa, thanks again, for allowing me to give this testimony about how wonderful your organization is and its gift of hope. This hope is especially true for individuals with meager resources who often have no emotional or medical support. I truly believe that individuals in Alamogordo and nearby communities thank you for help with their cancer issues.
Sincerely,
Dr. Paulette Hilton-Robinson, CFO

PaWaMiGa & Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 1382
Alamogordo, NM 88311

drpaumari@yahoo.com

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

11/12/2012 7:19:34 PM CAPPED is the premier cancer awareness entity in our small community of Alamogordo, NM. The Executive Director (Teresa Van Winkle) gives tirelessly and abundantly of her time, talent and resources. Volunteers love what they do for CAPPED and truly love to assist CAPPED any time the Director calls for assistance. During my seven plus years in the Alamogordo community; I have given volunteer assistance, small monetary donations and have been the recipient of services from CAPPED that are non-cancer related.
Thanks sincerely for allowing me to give my testimony about this wonderful organization which gives hope to so many needy individuals with meager resources. Without CAPPED; individuals who need services and who receive services would have no without hope. CAPPED gives hope and a positive outlook for these so many persons in need of places to go for counseling and other types of assistance when all other organizations have abandoned them.
Sincerely, Dr. Paulette Hilton-Robinson, CFO - PaWaMiGa & Associates, Inc.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have provided training for many of the volunteers at CAPPED to provide support for those with cancer and their loved ones. Never have I encounter more devoted volunteers in the field of cancer support. The same can be said of the executive director who commits the majority of her waking hours to make sure CAPPED is providing the very best services possible to fulfill its mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a Board Member of CAPPED has awarded me the opportunity to see, first hand, the tremendous work that is being done to support and help those in the community with cancer and other diseases. Tresa's outreach helps people of all ages, not only with the services offered but by educating. Tresa is pro-active in the Awareness and Prevention part of the name.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In July 2012 I was diagnosed with Ovarian 3c cancer. I was stunned but headed off for treatment in Texas. I live in NM so when I came home I was a long distance from my doctors. My husband started checking for support groups in my local area and found CAPPED. He was told I could get wigs, ionic foot baths, massages, and emotional support if I would just visit. During my first visit Tresa VanWinkle shared stories, helped me find two wigs, supplied me with hats, but mostly made me realize there was help and people who cared about my outcome. These caring people wanted to inform me of ways I could make life more comfortable and healthy. It has been at least a year since I first visited CAPPED. The people there are very caring and supportive and go out of their way to assist me. I am currently getting ionic foot baths at least once a week. My feet got so bad that I could hardly walk and the foot baths have made a huge difference. CAPPED offers as much or as little assistance as you need. Every service I have used there has been “no charge.” They are making a huge difference to cancer patients in Otero county. I would encourage anyone with cancer or other types of illness to go there and benefit from their many services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

October 14, 2013

I have volunteered at CAPPED for five years. I have developed a fond appreciation for the services Tresa VanWinkle provides and the lives she has touched. I have referred many friends to her and sincerely believe she has saved many lives, helped families cope (as they are often right next to their loved ones on this journey), help individuals get benefits such as insurance and discounted services. She works with individuals who provide a variety of services from ionic foot baths, hypnotherapy, and much more. I have lost friends and loved ones to cancer and can defiantly attest to the support and love that I have felt here at CAPPED dealing with lose, anger, and finally resolution as I honor the memories of my loved ones.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Tresa Van Winkle RN for 15 years. Her passion and drive in starting and operating CAPPED is an inspiration to every one she meets. I have been fortunate to know about CAPPED and been able to refer individuals to the "Miracle on New York Ave" when they had questions, concerns, fears about cancer. Tresa is professional, caring and knowledgeable and is well known and respected in the community. CAPPED is a valuable asset and tremendous force for good in the Alamogordo and surrounding communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at CAPPED for five years. I have developed a fond appreciation for the services Tresa VanWinkle provides and the lives she has touched. I have referred many friends to her and sincerely believe she has saved many lives, helped families cope (as they are often right next to their loved ones on this journey), help individuals get benefits such as insurance and discounted services. She works with individuals who provide a variety of services from ionic foot baths, hypnotherapy, and much more. I have lost friends and loved ones to cancer and can defiantly attest to the support and love that I have felt here at CAPPED dealing with lose, anger, and finally resolution as I honor the memories of my loved ones.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former member of the integrative health care community I attended CAPPED monthly meetings and found CAPPED to be a very positive influence on practitioners by providing a space to practice, and encouraging community among practitioners, patients and the public. Tresa Van Winkle helps many people in the county and CAPPED is a valuable resource. I am grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in this pioneering non-profit, for it serves so many, in so many ways.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been such an honor to be associated with CAPPED. My respect for Tresa and her vision grows with each year I work with her. CAPPED will continue to gain my respect and financial support for years to come. It is community based and every dollar stays in Alamogordo and does not go to executives' big salaries and large city agendas. CAPPED is well-known in Alamogordo and has lots of community support. Most children remember the Sun Safe Program from school and local parades, health fairs and community-sponsored events. Many have benefited from free mammograms and treatment if needed. From nutrition and cooking classes to the development of a Center for Integrative Health CAPPED has lead the way in Alamogordo for cancer prevention and early detection.

1 Millie4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for CAPPED, Inc., September, 2012. I traveled 180 miles one way, at my own expense, to be here three days every month to do whatever Tresa needed because I believe so passionately in this cause. I found, at CAPPED, that every staff member and volunteer is there to help and support anyone that walks through the doors. You walk through the doors of CAPPED and something magical happens. I can't explain it, but I know in my heart, this is where I want to be, this is where I need to be. Going through cancer with my husband and several other family members and friends, I wanted to help people learn how to cope and get through the tragic effects of this terrible disease. CAPPED and Tresa has helped me to d o this. I began working at CAPPED as a full time employee in June, 2013. In addition to my paid hours, I continue to work as volunteer staff several hours a week because being a part of this organization allows me to have the satisfying feeling that maybe I make a difference in other people's lives. The wonderful feeling I receive when someone says, "Thank you, you have helped me," is one of the most rewarding feelings I could ever want.