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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: To reduce the human and economic effect of cancer on the citizens of el paso county through the financial support and development of effective programs for advocacy, education, early detection and other services to cancer patients and their families.

Programs: Provided direct grants to 5 qualified non-profit organizations with missions supporting cancer issues - including quality of life, treatment, education and prevention, end of life, and social / support services.

funded patient air transport program, in partnerships with commercial airlines, for the purpose of providing air travel for approximately 200 cancer patients and their families to md anderson cancer center and baylor cancer center for treatment unavailable locally.

funded greenhouse program that provided educational materials to approximately 500 patrons, and grief workshop counseling to approximately 80 persons.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on many non-profit boards in the past and none has brought me as much joy as the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation. It is a pleasure to serve on a board that GIVES.....never takes, but only gives to its community. This organization provides a spectrum of services to individuals living with cancer - from transportation, to direct medical care and, perhaps one of my favorites, art therapy to children battling cancer from a stellar organization called Creative Kids. The RGCF has an unparalleled reputation in the El Paso community and that is mostly due to the phenomenal staff. Patty Tiscareno and her staff are dedicated, selfless and committed to the cause. I feel so very fortunate to be associated with this orgaization!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on several nonprofit boards. One I serve on is the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation and it is different and this is why... We actually give Grants instead of asking for them. This year we gave over $300,000 to about 17 different nonprofit organizations that have a cancer component to their mission. One of RGCF signature events is its annual workshop called "Keep on Dancing". This is an all day workshop where patients, along with care givers and family members, get the opportunity to ask questions and get information from Doctors in the different cancer specialties. (Thank you Doctors for giving of your time!) This is done in a round table format. The day is filled with learning, sharing and motivational opportunities. The need for this type of event is obvious by the number of participants that crowd the event and the different tables. RGCF is an awesome organization that continues to recognize the needs in the community and reaches to meet them. It is lead by its brilliant and compassionate leader Patty Tiscareno and her staff. I look forward to every Board meeting, the Board is comprised of active members who are passionate about serving, I am proud in be on this board. Dan Olivas