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Cancer Awareness Prevalence Prevention and Early Detection

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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.


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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved some years ago through the work of our Executive Director. The work performed by this small organization is far reaching and deals with more than just those who have cancer. We put strong emphasis on eliminating the causes of cancer. There are so many things that people can do to lesson the prevalence of cancer and the best place to start to learn of these things is right at CAPPED.

I promise you that my five star rating for CAPPED has nothing to do with my position on the board. It is the mission of the organization and the dedication of the volunteers that makes it successful.