ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One person founded a resource organization to help people and families with cancer, another founded an organization to provide veterans with recreational and therapeutic activities, another supports and finances community improvements via her job and private life, and another, struck with ALS, helps raise funds to help others with the disease.
This is the fifth year of the awards program. This year’s recipients are:
Yolanda Diaz lost her father to cancer and was unable to find local resources in the Las Cruces area to help families like hers cope with all the related expenses that come with that diagnosis. So Diaz started her own nonprofit, Cancer Aid Resource and Education, or CARE, to provide a physical location for local cancer patients to go for services or assistance, and to support cancer patients by providing nonmedical expenses and basic living needs expenses while they are in active treatment for any type of cancer.
Since 2009, the volunteers at CARE have raised more than $600,000 to aid in their mission.