Thank You Modified Dolls!

The Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund shows great appreciation to
The Modified Dolls - New Mexico Chapter

The Modified Dolls is an organization of women from around the globe who volunteer their time in efforts to raise funds for local and National charities. These women also happen to be tattooed, pierced and wear other types of modifications. With chapters in more than 40 states and 8 different countries the dolls strive to make a positive impact and to break the stereotypes of how those with modifications are viewed along the way. They are the different making the difference.

Thank you for hosting and organizing the silent auction held at the 3rd Annual Advocacy for Cancer Patients Seminar! All the girls rocked getting some great donations for the auction and The Dolls have raised over $500 to benefit the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund at The UNM Cancer Center. Thank you for all of the hard work and dedication in helping us succeed! There were a few close calls when the bidding 

We would like to thank all of the donors and bidders who also made the auction a success! See the Items that were up for Auction and the winning bidders below!

Left: Jessica Mendoza, LTYM Volunteer Staff
Right: Jodi Martinez, Head Doll of The New Mexico Modified Dolls

Congratulations to the highest bidders!

1 Swing Evaluation & 2 Lessons GolfTEC Uptown, 6644 Indian School Rd NE #103, Albuquerque, NM 87110 // (505) 948-5095 Jeff Diamond
1 Swing Evaluation & 2 Lessons GolfTEC Uptown, 6644 Indian School Rd NE #103, Albuquerque, NM 87110 // (505) 948-5095 Jacqueline Olexy
Gift Certificate for the Trinity Hotel Trinity Hotel, 201 S Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220 // (575) 234-9891 Stephanie Flores
Tickets to Christmas on the Pecos Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, 302 S Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220 // (575) 887-6516 Stephanie Flores
Exotic Car Drive Great American Days // 1-866-987-9876 // ------------
Winery & Bistro Gift Card Saint Clair Winery and Bistro, 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 // (505) 243-9916 Nichol Dominguez
Owl Watercolors Samantha Ann Wisnoski // Nathan Kottkamp
Pink Ribbon Figure Painting Michael Black Justin Raines
Spirit Bear Painting Kristin Gentry Justin Raines
Hair Cut & Style Carissa Bryant at Hair Addict, 9101 High Assets Way NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 // (505) 899-8292 ------------
Advocacy Rocks Painting Heather Shoop ------------
Flower Painting Heather Shoop Evy Diamond
Photography Session Marlee Shaw // // ------------
Scorpion Jeweled Pin ------------ Sandra Adondakis
Turquoise Earrings ------------ Lacey Daniell
Pink Ribbon Blanket ------------ Stephanie Michnovicz
Visa Gift Card ------------ Stephanie Michnovicz
Outback Gift Card ------------ Aaron Fields


"Keep it Covered" Press Release

July 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Stephanie Flores, 505-881-6500

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Modified Dolls Help Lead Fight

Against Skin Cancer

Guys and Dolls alike will benefit from an upcoming seminar for tattoo artists and tattoo shop employees.The free seminar will offer information and materials to educate clients and promote the necessity of keeping skin protected in the fight against skin cancer. The seminar will take place from 1-3 p.m. August 11 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW Albuquerque. The event is being sponsored by the Modified Dolls − “the different making a difference,” − charity group and Jeff and Evy Diamond, founders of the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit the UNM Cancer Center. Nancy Armijo, with UNM Cancer Center, will be speaking at the event.

The Modified Dolls are a non-profit organization that supports a variety of local charities. The organization’s goal is to “demolish the negative stereotypes associated with being a modified woman by doing charity work.” Recent Modified Doll efforts around New Mexico have included feeding families at the Ronald McDonald House Charity, a bike run to benefit the Carrie Tingly Children’s Hospital and Joy Junction, fundraising for the American Cancer Society, fundraising for the World Wildlife Fund and much more.

“I read a feature article about some of New Mexico’s Modified Dolls, and I felt they’d be an excellent group to work with,” said Jeff Diamond, a New Mexico attorney. “It doesn’t matter if you have no body modifications or a thousand of them, having the right information to protect your skin from skin cancer is the right thing to do.”

“I'd say as a former tattoo artist myself, I believe it's important to learn as much as possible about the skin you are working on,” noted Miranda Davi, head doll of the New Mexico Modified Dolls. “We need to be aware of the danger signs. As a Modified Doll, we have taken on the responsibility to bring awareness to our community.”

“A tattoo or another form of body modification is a work of art,” Diamond added. “With this seminar, we aim to provide Albuquerque and New Mexico’s most responsible tattoo artists and shop employees with valuable information to protect that work of art – and the beautiful person beneath it.

Events and Learning Experiences

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Additional Seminar Information

  • Presentation by Nathan Kottkamp, Esq.
  • Presentation by Honorable Gary King
  • Plenary Session
  • 3rd Annual Advocacy for Cancer Patients Gallery

Nathan Kottkamp's Presents about Advance Directives

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The Honorable Gary King, New Mexico's General Attorney speaks about the Enforcement of Rights to Medical Care & Insurance.

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8:00 a.m.
Overview of Program
Jeff Diamond, Esq., Jeff Diamond Law Firm & Program Sponsor

8:05 a.m.
Welcome & Greeting
Dr. Wadih Arap, MD, PhD, Deputy Director, UNM Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine

8:30 a.m.
Advanced Healthcare Directives, Legal Drafting, and Client Counseling
Nathan Kottkamp, Esq., Founder of the national health decision day, expert on health law and advanced care planning, partner, Health Law at McGuireWoods, Virginia


9:30 a.m.
Patient Navigation and Survivorship Planning: The Importance of Meeting the Standards of the American College of Surgeons and The Counsel on Cancer
Dr. Elba Saavedra, Assistant Professor for Research at UNM College of Education & Senior Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, Patient Navigation Expert

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.
The Rights of Individuals to Health Care Under ACA & State & Federal Law
Pamelya Herndon, Esq., Executive Director Southwest Women's Law Center

12:00 p.m.
The Methodology and Techniques for Treating Cancer Patients at Home
Dr. Barbara L. McAneny, MD, CEO of New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, Inc. & Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and New Mexico Cancer Center

1:00 p.m.
Enforcement of Rights to Medical Care & Insurance by the Attorney General
Honorable Gary King, Esq., New Mexico Attorney General

2:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: The New Age of Insurance and Getting Payments for Health Care – A View From the Trenches
Moderator: Jeff Diamond, Esq.
Dr. Nandini Kuehn, PhD, Director, Health Services Consulting and Board of Directors, New Mexico Health Connections (non-profit)
Jason Sandel, Vice-Chairman of the New Mexico Insurance Exchange
Phil Mims, MA Finance, Cress Insurance Consultants, Inc.

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m.
Meeting the Shortage of Health Care Personnel as Presented to the LFC Report On May 15th with Recommended Legislative Changes in Licensing, Regulation, Scope of Practice & Equal Access to Medical Personnel
Jane Batson, BS, MA, Interim Vice President for External Affairs, ENMU-Roswell, Health Policy Expert


4:00 p.m.
Protecting Employee Rights During the Fight for Survival from Cancer
Rita Siegel, Esq., Siegel Law Firm, Albuquerque Labor and Employment Attorney

NM Action Center

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