If you have prostate cancer (PCa) and need support, PCSANM, a 501(c)(3), is here to help you and your family cope with this disease.
Free services include:
- Providing publications and other reading materials on a wide variety of PCa subjects from our PCSANM office including new member folders
- Providing a buddy list of people to call and discuss their treatment experience and side effects
- Hosting bi-monthly support meetings, including presentations by medical professionals expert in prostate cancer and related topics
- Attending outreach activities at conferences and health fairs
- Speaking to organizations and helping to support and sponsor PSA screening events
We offer education, information, and support, but not medical advice.
2018 Annual Review from Steve Denning
For an organization made up of only volunteers and one part time staffer we’ve done quite a lot this year.
This year we held 22 regular bimonthly meetings and 17 of those had live presenters. Many of you have benefited from the knowledge we all gain through these presentations. And more importantly the lives we touch by getting together to help each other through our prostate cancer journey. Thank you to the regular attendees.
Our conference, Living and Thriving with PCa was another success despite a few obstacles. It was a little different this year with a theme that didn’t stress medical advances and treatments, but I think the attendees gained knowledge that really helps with day to day issues. We are already thinking about our next conference and welcome your input about the direction it should take.
We’ve made several presentations to civic, medical, and business organizations in an effort to promote early detection through PSA screening to groups like Kiwanis, Associated General Contractors, Ventinilla de Salud of the UNM Cancer Center, and to a region of the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council. We are hosting the next meeting of region 2 nurse practitioners and will make a presentation to help them better serve northern New Mexico.
We recently produced our next iteration of the spot running on KNME. It was designed to stress the importance of our 1 on 1 consultation efforts.
I’m particularly proud of our revamped website. It looks fresh, inviting, and professional.
Of course we continue to attend as many health fairs as possible. Through these attendances we are able to have meaningful conversations with men and their families that might not otherwise find us. Some of the places we’ve exhibited include the Senior Olympics, Lovelace Senior Summits, Prime Time Expo, the Social Workers of NM Conference, and the Family Cancer Retreat.
We also participated in a joint conference with Cancer Support Now and GCAP in the spring. Attendance was disappointing but we did help cement our ties with our sister cancer support groups.
But the most important thing we did this year was field over 90 calls from newly diagnosed men and their families. Many of those calls resulted in one on one consultations and I hope better outcomes. The people we meet with leave much better informed and appear grateful that we were there to help them with a difficult decision. This part of the work is the most gratifying and is what keeps all of us getting together. The key word in our name is support and that’s what I’d like to think what we are good at.
I’d like to acknowledge the people who have worked the hardest for the organization.
I don’t know where we would be without the presence and efforts of our Program Manager, Ann Weinberg. She has been the most important addition to our organization.
This year we’ve seen new blood in the organization and added one new board member, Phil York. Phil is particularly enthusiastic about spreading the word. He’s a great addition to the board.
We’ve also seen an uptick in the volunteerism, particularly by Kevin O’Riley who brings vast knowledge of the medical infrastructure.
Rod Geer was voted into the vice chairman position and has graciously accepted. The television spot airing on KNME is due to Rod’s efforts. As a result, we’ve seen a definite uptick in the number of calls we get.
Jerry Cross is the force behind our social media effort and the newsletter. He researched and organized the revamp of our web page. So much of our visual and informational presence is through his efforts.
Jan Marfyak is the senior member of our group as well as the secretary. His years of public service and specifically service to the prostate cancer community brings special insight to our board meetings.
Charles Rowland, our treasurer, is the spark that keeps the organization looking forward. Over the last year he has generated new ideas for us to pursue and lately he has been working tirelessly to help us get our books up to date so that we can look forward to seeking new funding for next year’s efforts.
Eli Maestas brings enthusiasm and a unique perspective to our board. When he’s not travelling he is an eager volunteer to man a table at a health fair and he is learning the ropes to support Charles in the treasurer position.
Dave Ball is our voice of reason on the board. When we are discussing issues or actions that we are going to take he always inserts a comment that gives us pause and makes us reflect on its affect on reality. He is also the organizer of our newsletter mailing parties.
Lou Reimer turned over the chairmanship a few years back but he continues to be the glue that holds us together. His knowledge of prostate cancer issues makes him the go-to person for what’s happening in the field to who we should invite to our meetings. He invited the 17 presenters we had for our bimonthly Saturday sessions and the 8 presenters plus the moderators at our annual conference. And personally, he keeps me on my toes with reminder calls and ideas. If anyone embodies the spirit and purpose of the organization, it is Lou.
And that’s what 2018 was all about.