Memorable evening for the Cancer Foundation

SANTA FE, NM — It was the first time in a year that Lance Rockwell had left the house without a baseball cap on his head, as he spoke to the crowd about cancer this perfect autumn evening on the patio at the Compound. What happened, he told us, was one day he went to the doctor and learned he had lung cancer, and it was already stage 4. And he had never even smoked. Unfair!

It’s like Bud always says, “Cancer touches everyone’s life.” You can’t escape its long and many tendrils.

Lance was living a normal life when it struck him out of the blue. Leaning on his cane, he spoke of his violent reactions to the treatments and the debilitating illness that followed. All he could eat was vanilla Ensure. He spoke of being all alone, depleting his resources and thinking he would just die.

Then the angels from the Cancer Foundation of New Mexico came in and nursed him back to health. He said that without them he wouldn’t have recovered. Now here he is, improving day by day, his weight has risen from a skeletal 103 to 133, with even a little hair on his head!

Some of the funds that support this noble enterprise are raised by generous people participating in the Cancer Foundation Supper Club. The Compound closed on a Monday night in order to serve about 100 patrons who made a nice contribution, for the 3rd Annual Supper Club.

They got to attend the fun and educational cocktail party on the lovely patio, followed by a superb seated dinner inside prepared by legendary chef Mark Kiffin. The three-course extravaganza included choices of many interesting delectables, like crab meat-garnished corn soup, and Guinea fowl and apricot pappardelle; not your ordinary, everyday dinner!

At our table, we counted our blessings that we could enjoy such spectacular fare, that we did not have cancer and that we were able to help people who do. It was a memorable and fulfilling evening.


Ashley Margetson has a BA in English from UCLA, is a senior real estate broker with Sotheby’s International Realty and has a finger on the pulse of philanthropic activities in Santa Fe. To tell us about an upcoming event, email

By Ashley Margetson / Journal North
Published: Friday, October 13th, 2017


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