JVMF - Janet Vargas Memorial Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico

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Janet Vargas Memorial Children's Cancer Fund
of New Mexico

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The mission and goal of the JVMF is to use our donations for fun and excitement for sick children and their families. Donate to JVMF
Donate to JVMF Children's Cancer Fund - Founded by New Mexico ANG in 1977
JVMF was founded by the New Mexico Air National Guard in 1977.

You can donate directly to the charities we help support by clicking one of the links below.

JVMF Children's Cancer Fund link to Donate to RMH of New Mexico

JVMF Children's Cancer Fund link to Donate to Children's Hospital of New Mexico


JVMF History, Mission, and Fundraising efforts:
Full History

The Janet  Vargas Memorial Children’s Cancer Fund  (JVMF) was established on October 1st, 1977  at a meeting of the 1st Sergeants of the New Mexico Air National Guard (NMANG). The JVMF evolved from a single act of kindness.  In early 1977 the NMANG was made aware that a member of the NMANG Frank Vargas’s child Janet was in serious trouble stricken with cancer at an early age.  When it was learned that Janet would not survive her cancer, members of the NMANG raised money to make her wish to go Disneyland come true.  Janet died shortly after the adventure of her short lifetime.  On September 24, 1977, Dr. T. John Gribble, the director of the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program wrote a letter to the NMANG asking if the guard would be interested in supporting some of the programs at the cancer clinic.  In typical fashion the NMANG needed little time to respond and one week later formed the Janet Vargas Memorial Children’s Cancer Fund.  In less than two months the NMANG raised enough money to purchase Christmas presents for 63 patients undergoing cancer treatments at UNMH.

Two primary fundraising efforts were crucial in the early evolution of the JVMF and the ability of the JVMF to expand and add programs through over 25 years of existence, the annual JVMF charity golf tournament and the Combined Federal Campaign / United Way fund drive. In 2002, the Boo Ball added a significant financial assist to the JVMF. These fundraising events and significant donations from individuals fund the three annual events, the purchase of Christmas gifts for the cancer patients and many other projects that benefit the UNMH Pediatric Oncology Program and the Ronald McDonald House.

The mission and goal of the JVMF is to turn our money into fun and excitement for the sick children and their families. We achieve this by sponsoring three events, outings to Cliff’s Amusement Park, Hinkle’s Family Fun Center and the annual Christmas party at Peter Piper Pizza. These events have a common theme. They are held at locations that are fun for kids and family members of all ages. The families are treated to food and beverages provided by the JVMF and served by charity volunteers or NMANG food services personnel. Cancer clinic nurses, social workers and doctors are invited to the events. These events give families an opportunity to interact with medical personnel in an informal more casual atmosphere. These events also allow family members to interact with each other outside the clinic and build friendships with others struggling as they are to deal with a seriously ill child. The friendships formed at these events and the information shared by the families is often invaluable to help get them through the tough times

The New Mexico Air National Guard and the Janet Vargas Memorial Children’s Cancer Fund are proud that when the Cancer Clinic or the Ronald McDonald House seek our support we respond immediately and make it our goal to see that they get what they need.  If we can’t find a donor we will raise the money to make sure needs do not go unfulfilled.  It is our mission to help sick kids and their families.  The Ronald McDonald House and the University of New Mexico Pediatric Oncology Program are two extraordinary organizations that provide a tremendous service to sick children and their families and the community and we are tremendously proud to help them accomplish their missions.

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