The Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico, a 501-c-3 not for profit organization, was established in 1972. After one of their classmates was diagnosed with cancer, students in a Southern New Mexico Elementary School conducted an event called “Mile of Pennies” to raise funds to help children with cancer. The money was sent to the University of New Mexico Pediatric Oncology Program and thus began the CCFNM. In 2022. the CCFNM will celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
In 2001, the CCFNM acquired a grant to purchase its office at 112 14th St. SW in Albuquerque and hired its first Executive Director. Today, the CCFNM has three full-time staff members, a part-time Artist-In-Residence, and a contracted Psychologist, who provides counseling to children and families. The UNM Hospital generously provided the CCFNM with an office in 2011 where we administer our services to children with cancer and their families.
The CCFNM provides services to over 300 children and their families each year and operates on a budget of nearly $800,000.
MISSION AND VALUES
The Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico exists to help persons from New Mexico who have been diagnosed with and treated for childhood cancer (at a New Mexico Pediatric Oncology Facility) and their families cope with the day-to-day educational, emotional and financial needs of living with and fighting cancer.
The CCFNM works to assure that every person in New Mexico who is diagnosed with and treated for pediatric cancer at a New Mexico Pediatric Oncology Facility, receives the resources necessary to ensure that they have access to the best possible care for their physical, emotional and financial well-being.
The CCFNM works collaboratively with community partners for the well being of our children and families.
The CCFNM values and appreciates our volunteers and donors and strives to be excellent stewards of the funding they provide for our families.
The CCFNM is dedicated to assuring the sustainability of our organization and has created an endowment fund to assure necessary resources will be available to serve those children with cancer in the future.