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Cancer Awareness Prevalence Prevention and Early Detection

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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.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I have known Tresa VanWinkle for several years. My relationship with CAPPED has been to help with donations since June 2011 through my Carolyn Rose Grant Fund in memory of my late wife.

As a registered nurse who has kept her RN status current, I have continued to be impressed with her knowledge not only in health matters but her ability to manage a non-profit organization consisting of a board of directors and also daily volunteers from the local community who come in to help. Tresa is a very capable natural counselor with clients who have been diagnosed with cancer, and she has organized an extensive library of alternative solutions. She has been a big help to me in various matters.

My monetary contributions for just this past 12 months has been: $24,455. My contributions have funded for the past 2 years the Bucket Hats and sun glasses for the CAPPED Sun Safe Program created for the local grade schools.. They also allowed purchase of a new color printer to create the Sun Safe pamphlets and also obtain projection equipment to ensure trouble free presentations at the schools. My contributions have further provided the refrigeration units for each new office in Phase II remodeling of the CAPPED Center for Integrative Health Care. In addition, they include my Sustaining Angel Fund amount of $100/month for this year.

As a self-employed electronic engineer, health journalist and counselor, my personal in-kind contribution is my continuing encouragement, collaboration and technical advice.
T. David Thompson
Alamogordo, NM