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.
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.