"Who We Are"

The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert (CRCD) is the only non-profit community-based organization providing cancer Patient Navigation to persons in the Imperial Valley community.  The CRCD Patient Navigation program is a comprehensive service that has benefited cancer patients since September 2006. CRCD continually strives to improve the quality of service and has expanded its programs to meet the multiple and growing needs of the community. CRCD bridges the gaps in the fragmentation of cancer care that occurs when consumers are in emotional distress; do not understand their diagnosis or treatment plan; are unfamiliar with the cancer healthcare system; and are uninformed regarding their insurance coverage. CRCD’s innovative service ensures a positive effect on quality, cost, and satisfaction of the consumer and clinical team.


Mission Statement

The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert's mission is to provide a guiding hand and compassionate heart to cancer patients and their families through services that educate, guide, support, and empower the patient through the cancer journey.


History of CRCD

The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert (CRCD) was inspired by the unique needs of cancer patients and their families in Imperial County. There are no medical navigations systems in this county for the services required by cancer patients. The following overview synthesizes the community its needs, and the bridge that CRCD forges between them.

Also, read our Guiding Principals and Organization Goals.


Board of Directors

Richard Fragale, Chair
Cancer Survivor & retired school administrator

Veronica "Ronnie" Plateros, Vice-Chair
Branch Manager, Prime Lending

John Campos, Secretary                                                                                                                                                       Public Affairs Liason
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Stella Mendoza, Treasurer
Cancer Survivor & real estate agent

S. Hasnat Ahmed, MD, PhD
Medical Director, New Era Oncology

Jose Cuellar
Cancer Survivor & retired U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Luis Estrada, Public Utility Service
Owner/Operator

Belinda Mills

Lisa Winkler

Diana Peacher