Opinion: Cancer Support Services thanks Taoseños for support


Cancer Support Services would like to acknowledge the Taos Community for their generous response to October’s fundraising and cancer awareness activities. Over 150 local businesses donated items for the Silent Auction and as door prizes for the Zumba Pink Party – we truly appreciate this outpouring of local support!

Taos Inn kicked off the monthlong series of events in October by offering a special “Pink Drink” all month long with $1 from each drink donated to fund Cancer Support Services. The Plantfeast dinner on Oct. 7, arranged by Chef Dillon Indira Tisdale, was the first fundraiser. Thanks for her generous donation of this wonderful healthy food event.

So many people donated time and items to the Silent Auction Event that we will not try to list all of them, but every donation was appreciated and the funds raised will further the work by our organization. Major partners in the Silent Auction Event were: The Bareiss Gallery, Chef Matt Curry’s Holy Cross cafeteria staff and the Cellar at Cid’s. Together they provided the venue, food and drink for the event.

During the month there were a variety of fitness activities with too many instructors giving time to recognize them all here. These organizations were our partners: Taos Southside Spa and Tennis Club, High Altitude Health and Fitness, Aura Fitness, High Frequency Loft and Taos Yoga Therapy. The Zumba Pink Party on Oct. 21st at Enos Garcia School coordinated by Jessica Sánchez Romero was a roaring success – fun for all age! Special appreciation for all her time and energetic organizational skills. Thanks to the many Zumba instructors who took part and to all those who donated door prizes for the event.

Special thanks to the town of Taos for the 1,000 pink balloons they provided to celebrate the official “Paint Taos Pink Day” Oct. 20. And also gratitude to the Taos Pueblo Dept. of Health and Community Services for opening up their “Stronger Together” ceremony for cancer awareness to the public on that day. Along with the New Mexico Department of Health Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program providing special handouts around the plaza this day was a real collaborative effort for education and awareness. The Trading Post Cafe’s dinner that night with 10 percent of the proceeds donated to CSS ended the day’s activities with wonderful food and camaraderie for all who attended.

We are grateful to all who help Cancer Support Services continue to be a place of hope and relief for those struggling with cancer. Since 2011, the organization has cared for people with cancer and their families in Taos and Western Colfax counties by funding services connecting clients with trusted local providers to help meet basic needs, ease stress and promote healing. All services are free. To learn more, make a donation, volunteer or receive services: TaosHealth.com or (575) 751-8927.

– Susan Strong, Cancer Support Services Coordinator, Holy Cross Hospital