1 News from Annual Report 2009 Volume 17, No. 1 "You have cancer..." by Johnese Turri, Chair, 2009 Casa Esperanza Board of Directors You have cancer. When you first hear these words your life changes. My husband received these words about 22 years ago. Fortunately, we lived here in Albuquerque where he had his treatments. But for others in outlying areas who must come to Albuquerque for treatment, it is a challenge. Having to leave your family, friends and community is daunting. Casa Esperanza's mission is to provide a caring community to support and serve families facing cancer, and I believe we are making great strides in helping out of town patients get the services they need. I recently spoke with Filio Vigil from Las Vegas, New Mexico about his wife, Dorothy, and her cancer. They A beautiful bronze duck sculpture and fountain provide a calm and quiet place at Casa Esperanza have been at Casa for 7 months while Dorothy receives her chemo treatments. She had a fast growing type of cancer and initially the doctors removed a 12.5 pound tumor from her breast. The first round of chemo was not effective against this aggressive cancer, so her doctor had to put her on a different much stronger chemo protocol. She has been hospitalized six times because of complications. When Dorothy would get out of the hospital or finish one of her lengthy treatments, Filio would say he was taking her home - home to Casa Esperanza. He told me that it has been so convenient for them to be at Casa - they feel safe, comfortable and cared for here. Before UNM Cancer Center moved to their new location, they would walk to the treatments when Dorothy felt well enough. Now, at the Center's new facility, Filio says Dorothy enjoys the views of the Sandias and the calming ambiance in the new chemo suites. Filio says that the community surrounding the cancer care here in Albuquerque has been so wonderful, from the doctors, nurses, and social workers at UNM Cancer Hospital to Stephanie Michnovicz at Cancer Services of New Mexico s Legal, Insurance & Paperwork Assistance Program and Diane DeCamera from the Anita Salas Foundation. He feels that this cancer community has been so helpful and caring. Staying at Casa Esperanza has been wonderful for them in that they can communicate with other residents, have meals together, walk around the facility, and enjoy their home away from home. Filio says the Casa environment helps Dorothy and him to remain positive, which is so important. It is touching stories such as Filio s that keep all of us committed to Casa s mission and vision. I am so happy to say that our Patient Navigation Program has been extremely successful and helpful to our residents. We are always striving to find new ways and programs to assist our families. I have been involved with Casa for many years, and in 2010 I will again proudly serve as President of the Board of Directors. If you ve never been inside this amazing house, I invite all of you to come and visit. We have many opportunities for volunteering and many committees we would love for you to join. We need YOU and YOUR support. Please call either myself at (505) or Eileen Cook at (505) THANK YOU!!
2 Annual Report 2009 page Board of Directors Officers Johnese Turri, Chair, Retired, VP, Land America/Albuquerque Title Leo Moya, Vice Chair, Retired, Bursar, University of NM Anthony R. Masciotra, Jr., Treasurer, ED, SVP Operations & CFO Medical Group Julie Tierney, CPA, MBA, Master Tax Advisor, H&R Block T. Zane Reeves,Ph.D, Member at Large, Retired, Regent's Professor, School of Public Administration, UNM Directors Lia Armstrong, Senior Advisor, Maestas & Ward Melanie Cravens, Owner, Alphagraphics on Osuna Ryan Dobbs, Dee Gee Construction/Surfacing Innovations Ginny Longbotham, Associate Broker, Keller Williams Jennifer Lowrie, Registered Nurse, UNM Hospital Justine Meehan, Assist VP, Wells Fargo Bank Betty L. Shaum, VP Commercial Real Estate, Compass Bank Advisory Board Pat Bell, Retired Lily Curtis, Artist Stephen Dudoich, Sandia Resort and Casino Mary Ann Howard, VP, Alliant National Title Insurance Co. Fred Moore, Retired, USMC Sylvain Segal, Attorney at Law, Segal & Whittaker, LLP Bob G. Stice, LPCC, Private Practice Counseling & Psychotherapy Molly O'Rourke Wall Retired, Nurse DIRECTOR S PAGE Our Remarkable Community The not so good news is that although New Mexico s cancer mortality rate has declined for the past three decades, cancer is still the second leading cause of death in our state. One out of every five deaths in New Mexico is caused by cancer. Wow. That s a lot of New Mexicans. Pretty sobering, isn t it? The good news is that New Mexico is blessed with many organizations that provide either treatment or support services to the more than 6500 of us diagnosed with cancer each year. The brand new bright and shiny jewel, of course, is the UNM Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute Designated Center, which opened its new facility in August. And with its opening, more and more families will travel to Albuquerque for possibly the best treatment provided anywhere. So, what else will families find in Albuquerque to support them through this frightening journey to fight this frightening disease in the state s biggest city, a city which can bring its own set of frights for the overwhelmed and uninitiated? Casa Esperanza is fortunate to have many friends within the community with whom we collaborate to support the families who stay with us. Our Patient Navigation Program staff works with many other agencies to find the best solutions and services for those who need our help. For instance, we work with Cancer Services of New Mexico to promote and participate in their twice-per-year retreats in Glorieta for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families, as well as with their LIPA program to provide help in unraveling health insurance and by Eileen Cook other legal problems faced by many of our families. We work with NM Cancer Care Alliance to promote awareness of clinical trials currently available to cancer patients. We work with People Living Through Cancer (now the Wellness Community-New Mexico) to promote quality of life issues and support groups in our families home communities, as well as to support and participate in PLTC s annual Cancer Survivorship Conference. We work with the NM Department of Health Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, the Susan G. Koman Foundation and St. Joseph Community Health Breast Cancer Resource Center. These represent just a few of the member organizations of the Albuquerque Cancer Coalition ( and the New Mexico Cancer Council ( with whom we proudly collaborate in order to ease the burden of cancer, whether it is financial, physical or emotional. We work with these agencies and treatment facilities to provide a supportive and safe home away from home - to envelop our families and protect them as they work their way toward renewed health. We work together to make Albuquerque a place of hope and refuge, and not the big, frightening city it can be. This is indeed a remarkable community filled with remarkable people who are here to help. And we welcome you with open arms.
3 Annual Summer Report page 3 Another Type of HOPE by Crystal Bojorquez; Guest Services Team Lawrence Reid was born in 1948 in Springfield, Ohio. He is currently residing in Artesia, New Mexico. Springfield, Ohio is where he lived as a child with his mother s cousin. His grandmother would visit him from time to time noticing that he was not well taken care of. He was then brought back to Cincinnati, Ohio where he grew up with his grandmother. Lawrence was held back twice before the fifth grade because he had dyslexia which is a learning disorder. Then at age sixteen he moved to Cleveland, Ohio with his uncle to finish high school. During college, the dyslexia persisted making his courses very difficult. It was not until he was 50 years old when he found out that he had dyslexia. Coincidently, during an accident is when he discovered an additional disease that had also affected him through his school years. After puncturing his leg with barbed wire and noticing that the bleeding would not stop, his wife pressured him into going to the hospital. Before this incident he would sleep from 8-10 hours nightly, plus take 4 hour naps during the day. Lawrence was taken to the urgent care in Edgewood where numerous blood tests were performed suspecting he was bleeding internally. Due to a very low blood count, he was told to get to the UNM emergency center immediately. He had some tests performed there and two days later was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. The doctor asked, Do you know what it is? Lawrence replied, Yes, skin cancer. The doctor laughed and said, NO, we're talking about Myeloma not Melenoma. The doctor then told him that this type of cancer is treatable but not curable. Always being truthful with his wife, he realized he was in trouble. He didn t know how to tell her the shocking news. His son, Nastromus, was ten at the time when Lawrence told him he had cancer, Nastromus brought tears to Lawrence s eyes asking his daddy, Are you going to die? Lawrence replied, We are all going to die one day. And then Nastromus said, Daddy, I want to die before you. Pam, his wife, is 100% supportive keeping up with appointments and making sure he takes his medications when he is supposed to. This also includes standing by his side and encouraging him to stay strong. Lawrence first discovered Casa Esperanza in June of 2008, after going through a stem cell transplant. When they began staying at Casa they were very private people not Lawrence & wife Pam Reid wanting to share their story with anyone. All they wanted was a place to stay. When they first came to Casa they realized it was a nice community compared to the place where they were initially going to stay. When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, one might feel like keeping your worries and feelings bottled up inside when actually it might be more helpful to be open and share your feelings with others. You start realizing that there are others to think about. Lawrence realized he was suffering mentally and physically and that is when he started opening up to his son and wife and he began speaking out rather than holding everything in. At first, he was not certain how to handle these new relationships and accept them sending a card, just saying hello or asking how he was doing. Eventually it became a little easier. Even though Lawrence and Pam are very private they realize that Casa families just want to open up and communicate. This is the essence of Casa Esperanza. Please read the letter from the Reid Family inserted below. "Casa Esperanza is a cancer house of hope to those who have been afflicted with cancer. Casa Esperanza is a very informal setting that encompasses many other human qualities that become a daily fiber that weaves a blanket of security. I have never been a person who talks about my feelings, family or where I actually live, in five years, at my present address, I have never had one single visitor, because my wife and I are ultra private in our family affairs. When I came to Casa I felt the draw from some of the residents to share my story of my battle with cancer, so they in turn can share their story with me. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in My wife and I have spent two to three months at Casa Esperanza and I have come to a shocking realization. Casa Esperanza is the embryonic seed of another type of hope. My wife and I experience discrimination on a daily basis in our normal every day life. She is Anglo and I am a 61 year old Black man. Even though I have experienced numerous incidents of racism in the years of my life, I try to ignore any incident and keep a realistic and positive attitude. The shocking realization I came to is that the staff at Casa Esperanza is on the forefront of racial equality. I don t want to give the impression that my wife and I don t have some problem of discrimination at Casa, but there has never ever been any form of racism among the staff of Casa Esperanza. They have always treated us with the most respect. I ve seen the staff of Casa Esperanza in many situations that would have given me heartburn and anxiety. In all cases they have handled the daily routine with intelligence, fairness, and firmness. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all and everyone involved with Casa Esperanza for a job well done. Casa Esperanza is truly a blessing for all of us cancer patients and families who come through the portals of hope. Once again thank you from the Reid Family."
4 Summer 2003 page 4 Annual Report 2009 page 4 Recognizing Our Major Contributors for July 2008 to June 2009 Casa Esperanza, Inc. Major Contributors July 1, June 30, 2009 PILLARS-$500 Steve and Lori Aguilar Maryle J. Barber Patricia Bell Roger and Jane Cook Eileen Casey Cook Ryan Dobbs Jerry and Joyce Foropoulos Mary Ann Howard Alice Irvin Tom and Bev Laws Trevor Lewis Robert Loftfield Linda Luna Claudia McConnell Cathy Moore Mountain States Insurance Group Eligio and Kathleen Padilla Zona Pease T. Zane Reeves Art Schwartz Bill Scott Betty Shaum Anita Smith-Novak Julie Tierney United Church of Los Alamos CORNERSTONE-$1,000 Aztec Abstract & Title Insurance Bank of Albuquerque Del Norte Baptist Church Duke City Civitan Gina and Macy FitsEmons Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lisa Gonzales and James Bloom Gorman Industries GS Trps Eisenhower Housing Unit Russ and Glenda Harrison Harrison Schmitt Elementary Sch. Kathleen Phillips Hellman John and Trudy Henderson LANL Foundation Richard and Mary Loyd Macy s Towing LLP Julie and Jim March Howard and Sue McCall Pepsi Bottling Group Kenneth Ray / Raysteel Inc. Michael and Joyce Skolnick Star Paving Company Bob and Phyllis Stice Norma Thornbrough Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church UNM Health Sciences Center UNM Interns and Residents Village Inn on Menaul, ABQ Wal-Mart Supercenter Coors, ABQ Michelle Watts GUARDIANS-$2,500 Vernon and Vicki Bice Cardinal Health Keller Williams Realty Brian and Lisa Sternberg The Crebilly Foundation Estate of Myrtle Elzora Naomi Volgamore Keith and Deborah Wilson KEYSTONE-$5000 Albert I. Pierce Foundation Embassy Suites Albuquerque Hancock Family Foundation John and Laura Highfill Masonic Charity Foundation NM Microsoft NM Sandia Foundation Turri Productions O.D. Waters FOUNDERS $10,000 Bank of America Corporation Clear Channel Outdoor Con Alma Health Foundation Frost Foundation United Way of Central NM Wal-Mart LIFETIME $30,000+ American Home Furnishings Ken and Harriet Bull Car Program LLC Citadel Broadcasting Co. Clear Channel Outdoor Clovis Board of Realtors Comcast Con Alma Health Foundation CYMRIC IEP Inc. Paul and Sue Daulton Defense Avionics Systems Honeywell Frost Foundation KNML 610 Radio KWBQ TV Channel 19 Lamar Outdoor Advertising Masonic Charity Fdn of NM Mike Moore Memorial Golf Classic NCA, AIA Arthur Palmer PNM Red Rock Foundation T. Zane Reeves Rotary Club-Albuquerque Del Norte Sandia Corporation Foundation Solo Cup Foundation Lloyd and Virginia Storr Tempur-Pedic Michael and Johnese Turri UNM Cancer Center UNM Facilities Planning Zia Laundry, Inc. Casa Esperanza Endowment Foundation Contributors July 1, June 30, 2009 $500 & ABOVE CASH & IN-KIND DONATIONS Steve and Lori Aguilar Albuquerque Lighting Company Alphagraphics on Osuna Lyman Atchley Maryle J. Barber Duane and Flo Bargar Estate of Carol Bashara BBVA Compass Bank Patricia Bell Connie Blake Monica Bojorquez Melanie Burns DeHaven Solimon Chaffins Citadel Broadcasting Company Clovis Board of Realtors Comcast Catherine Conran Eileen Casey Cook Mike and Victoria Copeland Sue Daulton Roger DiCamillo Ryan Dobbs Stephen and Pam Dudoich Carol Estes ExplorAbilities, Inc. Eye Associates of NM Gina and Macy FitsEmons Jeff Forehand Mike Gallegos Lisa Gonzales and James Bloom P. J. Hartman Kathleen Phillips Hellman John and Trudy Henderson Patricia Holland Kenneth Hunt Alice Irvin Ktech Corporation Lamar Outdoor Advertising LandAmerica Albuquerque Title Vernon and Betty Leake Samuel Lee Ginny and Richard Longbotham Pete and Theresa Lovato Lovelace Health Plan Richard and Mary Loyd Macy s Towing LLP Glenn and Judy Magelssen Ron Martinez Looking Elk Anthony R. Masciotra, Jr. Victoria Mauldin Michelle Mike Moore Memorial Golf Classic Vivace / Cast Iron Café Fred and Edie Moore William and Gloria Morton Leo Moya Lori Musil B. C. Nowlin Don and Susan Petersen Bob Phillips PNM Resources Foundation Jody and David Prell T. Zane Reeves John L. Roberts, II Rocky Mountain Gold & Silver Ex. Arthur and Ginny Romero Bethe and Jason Sailer Rick and Pamela Salmon Dee Sanchez Hugo and Jackie Sanchez Paul Sanchez John Saunders Carolyn Sedberry Tracy and Bob Sedberry Audrey Casey Simmons Penny Simpson Ron and Jolene Smith Bob and Phyllis Stice Neel and Kay Storr Herman, Nellie, Calvin, Shane, Adam and Phillip Suina Sunwest Trust T & R Market, Inc. Julie Tierney Rosanna and Michael Torrez Turney s Inc. Chris and Jan Turri Michael and Johnese Turri Turri Consulting Turri Electric Univision Radio NM Unpainted Furniture Valencia County News-Bulletin Ross and Jean VanDusen Wal-Mart Super Center #1414 (Belen) Michelle Watts Wells Fargo Western Refining Terry and Sheila White Vehicle Donations We would like to recognize all those who have donated vehicles to Casa Esperanza. The funds generated from the sale of the donations are invaluable to the support of our house. Thank you to all of our generouse donors. Because of limited space, we are simply not able to list everyone who supports Casa Esperanza or the Casa Esperanza Endowment Foundation. Please know that your gift is the key to our success.
5 Summer 2003 page 5 Annual Report 2009 page 5 Memorials & Honorariums July 1, June 30, 2009 Memorials Josephine A. Alvino Richard Anderson Rodolfo G. Apodaca Alice Hernandez Arroyo Sammy Avitia Carol Bashara Charlotte Miller Bloom Dianna Bonani Mrs. Dorothy Y. Boren Richard Branch Stephanie Breeding William Burks Quinton Cole Carl Comyford Paul Daulton Helen Fisher Benny Flores Robert A. Fondry Teodora V. Garcia Benjamin S. Gardiner Ann Glassman Nellie Gomez Floyd A. Goodgion Miguel Grita Jerry Hattox Helen A. Heljeson Bob Hellman Rep. Manuel Herrera Mark Hess Pat Hobby Martin Luther King, Jr. Josh Kirschman Geraldene Lindley Juan R. Lopez Manuelita and Anastacio Lujan Danielle Marquez Bob Moerke Michelle Mike Moore Orville Moore Vanessa Nielson Georgia Ortiz Gaye Reeves Elmo Rhoton Charles A. Rogers Carol Schwartz Abby Scott Roberts Yetta Boulware Seaney Roy B. Spencer Michael Swift Tad VanDerWeele Luz Elena Velez Rosa Maria Villagran Myrtle Elzora Naomi Volgamore Gladys Wenzel William F. Wieman Hugh and Helen Woodward Honorariums All Patients and Families All Who Use This Facility Lawrence Antonio, Sr. Pat Bell Terry and Kenneth Bennington Ben Brown Lydia Chavez Clovis Board of Realtors Helena Ebell Bob and Betty Eikleberry Margaret Foulk Jerry Gallegos Mark Anthony Garcia Nathaniel Garcia Phillip and Evelyn Glover Ali Green Winston and Dixie Hervey Gypsy Jacklin Molly Johnson Judy and Bo Andrew Kie Michelle Lira Betty Lynch Rebecca Moran Dorothy and Chris Morton Betty Jo Nye Jennifer Pease Bob and Wanda Poe Kay Roberts Laura Romero Karen, Ralph and Julie Stock Tony Matthew Trujillo Aloisia Valenti Esperanza Valerio Terry and Mary Walker
6 Annual Report 2009 page 6 GIVE HOPE A RIDE AUCTIONS FROM THE INSIDE OUT by Jessica Clauson, Vehicle Donation Program Bookkeeper It s been another successful and fun year for Casa s Vehicle Donation Program, and September marked our one year anniversary for our public auctions. Over the year we held seven auctions, registered over six hundred bidders and sold over two thousand donated vehicles to help support our mission at Casa Esperanza. Every auction was different and exciting to attend. Through the cold winter and hot summer our team did a wonderful job. Everyone involved is committed to the success of our auctions and plays an integral part in making our team successful. It has been a great learning experience and lots of fun to run the auction. The auction is a fast paced work environment that keeps us all on our toes. Over the past year we have really learned to perfect the auction process from registration to processing the final paperwork. Working in the auction office has been an exciting experience. We get to meet interesting people every auction. I would like to recognize the people who make this possible, without even one of them, things would not run smoothly. The front desk clerks, Monica Bojorquez, Angelica Medina and Crystal Bojorquez work great together to get bidders registered, collect payments and sign title paperwork. Our title box person, Mary Loyd, organizes all our bidder registrations and titles. Gina FitsEmons processes our credit card payers and sells temp tags. Maryle J. Barber runs our concession stand with Natalie Bojorquez. Last but not least, I verify and deposit all the cash for the day s sales. Macy FitsEmons, our auctioneer, runs the outside crew. We have Jose Aguilar on the speaker, Miguel Aguilar is our cone guy, and Andres (Penny) Aguilar is crowd control and security. Carmine Valenti, our oldest crew member at 81, works the gate. We have had two board members as the auctioneer's clerks, Lia Armstrong and Justine Meehan. Both said they thought working the auction was a lot of fun. Board and Advisory Board members, Leo Moya, Ryan Dobbs, Julie Tierney and Molly O'Rourke Wall have also shared their time at the auctions. Our auctions have really evolved far more than we ever could have imagined. We are expanding our services and now offer temporary tags and will begin handling tire sales as well. Visit our Give Hope a Ride website anytime to find out about auction dates and see vehicles we are selling. Go to to find current information and donate your vehicle today! If you have a vehicle you are considering donating, do it now before the end of the year to get your tax deduction for your 2009 taxes! We are very thankful for all our wonderful vehicle donors. Every donation makes a difference. **Next Auction, November 14. Watch our website for information.** Gina FitsEmons, Crystal Bojorquez, Monica Bojorquez, Mary Loyd & Angelica Medina are ready to take your cash for your winning bid at our bimonthly public auction.
7 Summer 2003 page 6 Annual Report 2009 page 7 The Charity Volleyball Tournament to benefit the Nina Bean Memorial Patient Navigation & Survivor Services Program was held on September 27 at Charlie's Sandbox raising a total of $1,500. Team Premier took first place in 6's. Powerhouse Dustin Usher showed off his spiking ability, even though his team came in 2nd in 4's. It was a great day to come play in the sand no matter what age. Onward and Upward Navigating New Paths by Stacie Soto, PNP Director Since 2006, the Casa Esperanza Nina Bean Patient Navigation & Survivor Services Program (PNP) has served hundreds of patients and families from New Mexico by helping them overcome barriers to cancer care, connecting them to resources and information, and providing emotional support. By doing so, we help to reduce the cancer burden for our families and contribute to more positive outcomes for those affected by cancer including reduced mortality rates and a higher quality of life. In our efforts to establish our PNP in the community, we have developed vital partnerships with not only cancer patients and families but also with medical providers and other cancer support agencies. Casa Navigators are partnering with the Comadre A Comadre Program, Breast Cancer Resource Center, Lovelace Women s Hospital Breast Care Navigator, and the UNM Cancer Center s Patient and Family Support Services Department in a new cancer collaborative that will facilitate the enhancement of cancer support services and resources and reduce cancer health disparities in New Mexico. The PNP at Casa Esperanza is also planning outreach efforts across the state in conjunction with Casa s Guest Services Program, which will begin with Farmington and Las Cruces and their surrounding areas. Another change to our program is our newly hired Patient Navigator, Stephanie Mora, who came from the UNM Children s Hospital Child Life Program. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and also has extensive experience working in the Bernalillo County Juvenile Justice Center and Department of Corrections. Stephanie is excited to be a part of the non-profit community and is looking forward to working in a social services role that will also allow her to utilize her administrative skills and knowledge. Stephanie s experience, insight and skills will be useful in our endeavors to explore income-producing activities that will make the Patient Navigation Program sustainable in the future, and she will help our program soar to new heights. Welcome to the Casa Esperanza family, Stephanie!! Stephanie Mora, Patient Navigator The Nina Bean Patient Navigator Program is funded in part by a grant from the Albert I. Pierce Foundation.
8 Annual Report 2009 page 8 A Miracle.....Patient Navigation Program We all are taught at least a lesson or two in genetics at some point during our schooling. For Mandy Altamirano, that lesson we have since forgotten, is her life. Growing up healthy as a child, genetics wasn t really something she thought about when she graduated from Silver City High School back in It wasn t until 10 years after graduation that she was faced with what genetics meant for her and her family. After finishing school, Mandy worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Fort Bayard Medical Center in Fort Bayard, NM. She was busy working and raising her daughter when she first began to experience symptoms that concerned her. The initial symptoms she experienced were headaches. After the headaches became suddenly more intense, she sought medical treatment in Silver City. Her first CT scan showed a lesion in her brain so she was transferred to El Paso for further diagnostics. There she was given another CT scan as well as an MRI and told that she likely had brain cancer and would need to go to Albuquerque for treatment. I don t think any of us can imagine what Mandy thought about during the four hour drive from El Paso to Albuquerque after hearing that she likely had brain cancer. I m sure her thoughts included her daughter who is first and foremost in her life. As with many life changing events, the experience of hearing a cancer diagnosis is something that we really can t fully understand until we are faced with it ourselves. I have heard many cancer survivors say that they knew relatives or friends who had gone through cancer but still never thought it could happen to them or realize just how much of your life it changes. At 28 years old, I m sure Mandy didn t expect that cancer would happen to her. By Cathy Moore, Patient Navigator After additional diagnostics, it was discovered that Mandy has Von Hippa Lindau Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that puts her at increased risk for cancer. She shared that both her daughter and mother have this same genetic disorder but that theirs is a milder version affecting only one of two genes. Mandy's version that affects two genes is so rare that she is the only known case. As she put it, she should have never been born with both genes affected. The fact that she was born and survived to adulthood without any effects until age 28 is a miracle. Knowing Mandy personally, I believe she is a miracle in other ways as well. After going through surgeries to remove operable tumors and once a month treatments, Mandy was told that her treatments would be increased to once a week and that she would need to move to Albuquerque. The doctors wanted to ensure that the kidney tumors she had were treated more aggressively as they are in her words the deadliest of her tumors. Despite the daunting task at hand, Mandy did not hesitate. She stopped by the Patient Navigation office to let us know of the changes in her treatment plan and to ask for housing referrals. Through the Patient Navigation Program we were able to help her find affordable housing and secure funding for moving expenses as well as the first few months of rent at her apartment. Amanda was gracious for what we helped with, but it really seems so small relative to her having to uproot her family and move to an unfamiliar place. In preparing to write this article, I asked Amanda what has been most helpful in going through her cancer journey and she said "Casa Esperanza." I then asked what the most difficult part of her diagnosis has been and she said, Having to relocate and start a whole new life. I Mandy Altamirano would have never guessed this having worked with her throughout her move as she always had a smile through it all. As stressors arose during the process, she always managed to laugh through them and keep her sense of humor. With as much as she was going through, THAT is a miracle. I had the privilege of accompanying Mandy and her daughter as they shopped for supplies for their new apartment. Watching how they interact with each other, respect each other and rely on each other truly shows how important they are to each other. Mandy recognizes the importance of family. When I asked what advice she would give to others just beginning their cancer journey, she said Take it day by day, have faith, and it s good to have the support of your family. Wise words from someone so young facing health challenges that most 30 year olds would never consider could happen to them. Let Mandy s story be our reminder that cancer does happen even though it s never expected and to keep the support of family and friends close during our own journeys within the miracle of life.
9 Annual Report 2009 page 9 Casa Esperanza: Around the Land of Enchantment Tilly Shaw was the driving force behind another successful Clovis Board of Relators Golf Tournament. Registration is always the most important stop before hitting the links. Stacie Soto shows new Patient Navigator Stephanie Mora how much fun a golf tournament can really be at the Keller Williams Annual Golf Tournament. Congratulations to Kathy Morris from Oak Park United Methodist Church in Bartlesville, OK.. for winning the stained glass windows created and donated by Kathleen Hellman. Karen and her husband Juan Distefano made the trip to Casa Esperanza to make future plans for the Oklahoma Volunteers in Mission Teams for 2010 and to pick up the windows for Kathy. Artists of New Mexico hosted a wonderful tent at this year's International Balloon Fiesta and Casa Esperanza was the recipient of raffle monies. What a great combination of Art and Balloons. (artistsofnm.com) Thank you to Comcast-Southwest Area for their generous donation of $2,640 presented recently to Angelica Medina, our Community Relations Director. Standing with Angelica from left to right are, Jane Hougnon, Eilene Vaughn-Pickrell and Amanda Wiley.
10 Annual Report 2009 page 10 Hope Starts With Me by Glenna Armenta Hello, my name is Glenna Armenta. On September 19 th this year, I was ten years cancer free!!! Ten years ago I found a lump in my left breast. When I got up the courage to go to the doctor, he sent me to a surgeon who did a needle biopsy. Just a few short days later we found out that I had a tumor about 7 centimeters in diameter. My oncologist and I decided to try to shrink my tumor with chemotherapy, but after six months of chemo, my tumor didn't shrink, so I had a mastectomy. Now ten years (!!!) later, I am going strong and having a blast!! Casa Esperanza is very close to my heart. I work for Cardinal Health, and every Christmas we gather together at Casa and decorate the house for the Holidays! All of my co-workers are amazing - all I have to do is send out an letting them know the date we are decorating, and they all sign up! I think that people really enjoy decorating Casa because they can bring their children with them, and I know in some cases it has actually become a family tradition. Giving back to our community is a wonderful thing, and we at Cardinal take that to heart. Casa helps so many people by giving them peace of mind while they have so many other things to worry about. Some years we have had the opportunity to have some of the younger residents at Casa help us, and it is so much fun to decorate along side them! Volunteering at Casa makes me feel so good inside, knowing that we bring a little bit of holiday spirit to the house and to the residents staying there. It just makes me smile to know that, after having been through cancer myself, I can help others who are dealing with this ugly disease. Two years ago I was asked to join the planning committee for Casa's Hope Chest Auction, and what a great experience this has been. First of all, I have been able to work with some of the nicest people, but secondly, helping with the Hope Chest Auction Event has brought it home to me just how amazing Casa is and how many people they help. Overall, I volunteer at Casa for selfish reasons; it makes me feel so good to help an organization as valuable to our community as Casa is!! SAVE THE DATE
11 Annual Report 2009 page 11 CASA ESPERANZA, INC. Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2009 Revenues Grants 75,000 NM Dept of Health 115,000 Program Income 237,573 Contributions & Support 197,431 Foundation Support 208,476 Event Income 13,214 Interest income 1,287 Other Income 3,868 In-Kind Income 48,126 Total Support and Revenue $899,975 Expenses Program 576,723 General & Administrative 159,126 Fundraising 10,169 Total Expenses before Depr 746,018 Change in Net Assets before Depr $153,957 Depreciation Expense 73,689 Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets $80,268 ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2009 Revenues Car Donation Program 446,951 Event Income 77,962 Contributions & Support 15,555 Investment Return -275,381 In-Kind Income 85,230 Total Revenue $350,317 Expenses Program 208,476 General & Administrative 105,926 Fundraising 517,857 Depreciation Expense 1,073 Total Expenses $833,332 Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets -$483,015 Casa Esperanza Endowment Foundation Assets June 30, 2009 FMV Money Market Accounts 37,203 Equity Securities 1,109,541 Total Investments $1,146,744 Average Return on Investments = (21)% Revenues Event Income 1% Foundation Support Interest income 0% Contributions & Support 22% Other Income 0% In-Kind Income 5% Grants 8% NM Dept of Health 13% Program Income 27% 24% Expenses Fundraising 1% General & Admin 21% Program 78% Volunteers provided 3,539 hours from 7/1/08 6/30/09 (up from 1,922 last year!). Board and Board of Advisors members provided 289 hours (up from 234 last year). Copies of the full 2009 audit for Casa Esperanza, Inc. and the consolidated audit for Casa Esperanza, Inc. and Casa Esperanza Endowment Foundation are available from the organization office (see page 12 for contact information).
12 CASA ESPERANZA, INC. Post Office Box Albuquerque, NM NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID ALBUQUERQUE, NM PERMIT #599 Return Service Requested Annual Report 2009 page 12 Our Mission Casa Esperanza - New Mexico's home away from home providing a caring community to support and serve families facing cancer. NEWS from Casa Esperanza is published two times a year by Casa Esperanza, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Casa Esperanza (Tax ID #: ) is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. All contributions are tax deductible. Casa Esperanza does not telemarket, participate in door-to-door solicitation or campaign via chain letters or appeals. Casa Esperanza receives a portion of its funding from a contract with the New Mexico Department of Health. Casa Esperanza is a member of the NM Cancer Council which create and implements the Comprehensive Cancer Plan. Casa Esperanza is a Combined Federal Campaign designated charity. Our CFC # is Member: National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses. To learn more about NAHHH and other special places such as Casa Esperanza go to Member: Albuquerque Cancer Coalition, an alliance of cancer support agencies, hospital treatment centers and governmental agencies to inform, to educate and to advocate on behalf of NM cancer patients and their families. Their website is Affiliate: NM Cancer Care Alliance, providing NM cancer patients with local access to latest experimental treatments available. Their website is Member: Chambers of Commerce in Albuquerque, Belen, Clovis, Alamogordo, Los Lunas Albuquerque Hispano and the American Indian Chamber. Member: Albuquerque Better Business Bureau. ~If you receive more than one newsletter, please share it with someone who will find it interesting and useful.~ Casa Esperanza has a terrific website maintained by Shelly Liebman. Be sure to check it out for the most current and up to date pictures and information on past and upcoming events, how to donate online (secure site) and how to become involved at CE. Our website is: Casa Esperanza Staff Eileen Cook CEO Maryle J. Barber Development Director Crystal Bojorquez Guest Services Team Jessica Clauson Bookkeeper Gina FitsEmons Administrative Director Mike Gallegos Facilities Manager Anita Harrison Administrative Assistant Mary Loyd Finance Director Angelica Medina Gst Serv & Comm Rel Dir Cathy Moore PNP Asst. Director Stephanie Mora PNP Stacie Soto Patient Navigation Dir. Sarah Trujillo Guest Services Team Patricia Virgen Guest Services Team Mgr Reach us at: CASA ESPERANZA PO BOX ALBUQUERQUE, NM YALE NE ALBUQUERQUE, NM Fax:
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