Jackie and Jeff Apodaca Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program Fund
Across the nation, adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients fall “between the cracks.” These patients have some of the poorest overall cancer survival rates. Those who survive face lasting economic, social and health challenges as they mature into adulthood. The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is New Mexico’s only center with pediatric and adult cancer physicians trained to provide the highest quality care for AYA cancer patients and access to the most effective integrated treatments.
Named after AYA cancer survivor and former University of New Mexico football player Jeff Apodaca and his wife Jackie, your gift will be used to start the new Jackie and Jeff Apodaca Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The program will fund various research projects related to cancers that affect adolescent and young adults such as Leukemia, brain, genitourinary and sarcoma cancers.