CARE’s impact in the Doña Ana County community is like no other. CARE was established so that Doña Ana County will have a physical location for any local cancer patient to go to and obtain services or assistance to cope with their cancer diagnosis. CARE is dedicated to establishing or assisting in services, resources, general education, and other additional services that will help address the challenges that many Doña Ana County cancer patients, children and adults, face while receiving treatment for any type of cancer with no cost to the local cancer patients. This need exists in Doña Ana County.
MISSION STATEMENT: “Today we are helping to improve the quality of life of Doña Ana County cancer patients, children and adults .”
VISION STATEMENT: “Our vision is that no cancer patient or family member in Doña Ana County will be without access to information and services.”
When an individual hears the words, “You have cancer” everything in their life comes to a roaring stop. Fear and anxiety take over and not only for the person with the diagnosis, but for their whole family. People handle this hard time differently, but most, after a period, start looking into what their options are and where their supports might be.
That is where CARE comes in. We are not about cancer research or medical care – there are many fine organizations committed to research and medicine and they are doing incredible work. But, for the individual and family dealing right here, right now, with the reality of cancer, we offer “hands on” support. Things like financial assistance with gas cards to get to treatment, utilities, groceries, rent, medical travel costs and lodging. We can connect them to community resources and information. Almost all of us have been or will be touched by cancer in our lives. Someone we know and care about or even ourselves will hear those very hard words, “you have cancer”. Our goal at CARE is to be sure that no one has to struggle with the necessities of life during that time. Our goal at CARE is to ensure that while families are dealing with cancer they have dignity and as much strength and courage as we can help provide.