.: New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation DMRally Fundraiser
Welcome to the DMRally/New Mexico Cancer
Center Foundation fundraiser event page! Below is how to donate
to our fundraiser more than attending the race. Please attend
regardless of distance to receive info up through the race.
For those who just want the quick and dirty
details, we have two major goals:
1. For the DMRally team to finish the world
famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and break the class
2. To raise funding and awareness for the
thousands of individuals diagnosed with cancer every day,
with a special emphasis on breast cancer (and one woman currently
fighting that battle).
About DMRally: Since 2002, I (Victor Kuhns)
have been the only person in the state of New Mexico to campaign
a Subaru in professional rally. In 2003, I formed the Desert
Monkey Rally team. The team campaigned a Production GT Subaru
2.5 RS, and quickly went on to place in events like the Prescott
Forest Rally (2nd place in class, 2nd overall) and Rim of
the World Rally (5th overall and 2nd in Production GT). Through
the years we moved into a more powerful car and went on to
compete for the podium against professional teams. 2010 was
the first time for the team and I to attempt the famous Pikes
Peak Hill climb in Colorado.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race
is once of the most famous racing courses in the world. It
attracts international attention with competitors coming from
all around the world. It is also the second oldest motor sport
race in the country, offering a huge range of media attention
and opportunities. In 2010, DMRally entered the race in the
Time Attack 4WD class with hopes of breaking the class record.
We learned soon though that this mountain breathes much life!
Our first day of practice went well, setting the best time
for the day in Time Attack 4WD on the center section. The
second day, however, wasn't as kind to us. During practice
we lost steering due to a linkage failure, causing us to slide
off the road and roll the car. Fortunately, we were able to
dust ourselves off and walk away from the scene. Our attempt
at climbing the Peak for 2010, however, was over, and it was
unclear if the car would be ready in time to run the race
again for 2011. But with the new year came new purpose for
finishing the race….
Meet Veda: According to the American Cancer
Society (ACS), a woman in the United States is diagnosed with
breast cancer every three minutes... My girlfriend’s mother,
Veda, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2011. The
size and type of tumor required her to have a mastectomy,
from which she has mostly recovered. Not long afterwards however,
she received news that what was thought to be two small tumors
was actually one very large tumor, which means that there
is a strong possibility that it has spread to other areas
in her body. In March, she began what will be 8 cycles of
very aggressive chemotherapy sessions, to be followed by 5.5
weeks of radiation. The initial co-pays for the chemo alone
will cost over $10,000, with more to accumulate once radiation
begins. We have already received an outpouring of support
both emotionally and financially, but the journey ahead will
be the most difficult.
So what does the NM Cancer Center have to
do with all this? In Veda’s words: “One real need I see is
the countless women (and men) who have NO ONE to support them
through their trials. I cannot imagine how that would even
be possible. Without the combined energy, courage, support,
and love of my precious family and friends, I’m honestly not
certain I would have continued on this adventure after diagnosis.”
That’s where the NM Cancer Center Foundation comes in. The
NMCCF is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to
helping patients in their battle with cancer (of all types),
and has been instrumental in helping Veda find things like
gas cards (she must drive 50 miles each way to get her chemo,
see her doctor, etc), and other sources of financial assistance.
In the words of NMCCF, “Insurance covers some of the medical
expenses but co-pays and deductibles often take the family
savings very quickly. The Foundation helps to reduce the financial
stress and improve the patient’s quality of life by helping
with living expenses such as rent, utilities, child care,
Whaddya Want From Me? Your money! There are
several ways that you can contribute:
Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to the NM
Cancer Center Foundation: We are working directly with Colleen
Harris-Kistner, Executive Director of the NMCCF to ensure
your proceeds are distributed honorably. The administrative
costs of the Foundation are underwritten by the NMCC, so your
money can go to support the patients directly. The funds received
by NMCCF go exclusively toward non-medical expenses and are
paid directly to a third-party payee (i.e., the mortgage company,
landlord, utility company, etc), so you know with certainty
where your money is being used. NMCCF is a 501C3 organization
so your donation is 100% tax deductible. When the foundation
receives a donation, they will send you a confirmation letter
that you can use for your taxes.
Go to www.PayPal.com. If you don’t have an
account, you will have to sign up before your contribution
can be sent. Don’t worry, its free.) Choose the Send Money
option. When prompted, make sure you select the Personal option
(not Purchase) and note that the money is a gift. NM Cancer
Center’s PayPal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their tax ID number is 77-0591110. Again, you’ll receive a
confirmation letter to use for tax purposes.
If you make an online donation this way,
*PLEASE* do the following: 1. In the message box (right before
you hit “Send Money”), please indicate that this gift is being
made as part of the DMRally benefit. 2. Send an email to me
at email@example.com, so I can keep accuraterecords of who
contributed (and so I know who to thank!) Make a Donation
Directly to Veda: As we mentioned, we have already received
much help from friends and family, but the journey isn’t over.
There are a couple of ways you can help: PayPal: Veda and
her husband Phil have a PayPal account that can be used to
easily send a monetary donation. Go to PayPal.com. (Again,
if you don't have an account, you will have to sign up before
your contribution can be sent). Select the Send Money option.
When it asks what your payment is for, select the Personal,
Friends & Family or Gift option. Follow the screens, selecting
the amount you'd like to contribute. The email address for
their account is firstname.lastname@example.org. -OR- Jemez Valley
Credit Union: Call the credit union at 575-829-3366 and tell
them you would like to make a donation on behalf of Veda Neff.
The account is under the name of Cindy Childers (who opened
the account for us) with a note attached with all of Veda’s
information. If you know Victor, Enid, or Veda personally,
you can always make your donation in person! In the event
that we raise more money than what is needed for her cancer
treatments (and let’s hope that’s the case!), then Veda has
vowed that she will pay it forward, and will be giving that
money to others battling cancer. Thank you in advance for
Paypal Donation for New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation.
* Please * put a note to seller that says DMRALLY. Also Please
email email@example.com when you donate to keep track of
all donations. Thank you!
NMCC is is 501c3
Paypal Donation for Veda Neff. Please help anyway you can.
Please use : firstname.lastname@example.org to send donations too.
(Their account is not setup for Paypal donate features. Please
send as "gift" or "other")