Our History . . . started with support services.
This photo represents many of CAPPED's Founding Members . . .
CAPPED, Inc. is a grassroots New Mexico non-profit corporation founded in 2000 in Alamogordo, NM by a group of cancer survivors and their loved ones. In November of 2001, we received notice from the IRS that we qualified as a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization.
On June 17th of 2003, we opened the doors of “The CAPPED Building” and continued serving the people of Otero County and Southern New Mexico with cancer information and support services M-F from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
In January 2005, we developed the CAPPED Vision Statement: “A World without Cancer and other Preventable Disease” because, “We don’t have to fight it if we prevent it!”
CAPPED programs and services have grown from the concrete needs of real people traveling through the cancer experience. Information needs are handled in the Computer Learning Center and Library within The CAPPED Building. More than 14,000 people have come through our doors since 2003. Outreach presentations take the messages of prevention and early detection out into the community - to people in churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations.
We believe primary prevention is the key to life-long health and have developed the CAPPED Sun Safe Program to teach children about sun safety. To date, we have reached more than 35,000 children with the message of respect for the sun and responsibility for their sun exposure. We have presented more than 800 Community Outreach Presentations on topics related to cancer and its prevention. CAPPED also maintains “Cancer Information Pamphlet Centers” at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, outside the Otero Community Cancer Center and within The CAPPED Building. We also set up and distribute cancer prevention and support literature at health fairs and other local events several times annually.
We are currently managed by 1 employee and 50-60 dedicated Volunteers. Cancer is an undeclared epidemic in the United States.
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Our History . . . continues with the primary prevention of disease . . .