Established in 2001, CSNM is one of the most impactful and respected cancer services organizations in our state, serving over 1,200 New Mexicans coping with cancer each year. With no physical office and minimal administrative costs, CSNM is able to allocate over 95% of donations directly to program services.
All CSNM services are available at no cost to any New Mexican coping with cancer. Clients include cancer patients/survivors and the family members and loved ones supporting them through the cancer journey.
Key programs offered by CSNM include:
Family Cancer Retreats
Unique to New Mexico, these three-day educational programs are held twice a year, providing New Mexico's adult cancer survivors and their loved ones with tools and information to manage the treatment and survival process. Over 500 people from more than 200 families attend each year, making this the largest cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the U.S.
Legal, Insurance, and Paperwork Assistance (LIPA)
Free clinics and tools to help New Mexicans who are coping with cancer to more easily manage the complex legal, insurance and paperwork issues accompanying a cancer diagnosis. As the only program in New Mexico — and one of few in the U.S. — providing comprehensive assistance with these issues, LIPA serves over 500 people a year and has helped clients access over $8 million in medical, legal and financial benefits to date.
Family Cancer Resource Bags (FCRB)
Statewide distribution of free information kits that help newly diagnosed parents and their children aged 3-18 cope with the impacts of cancer in their family. This was the first program in New Mexico specifically focused on educating parents with cancer on how to communicate with their children.
Caregiver Support Program
CSNM's newest program connects experienced caregivers with newer caregivers in need of advice and support. The program was developed based on a survey of over 500 cancer patients/survivors who indicated a huge need for emotional support services for those caring for loved ones coping with cancer.