October 1, 2009

Cowboys for Cancer Research is “Spurring Ahead to Find a Cure” for Cancer


Cowboys for Cancer Research, a volunteer not-for-profit group organized to fund cancer research, will host the 27th annual Dinner, Dance and Team Roping Event on October 9-11, 2009 in Las Cruces. The three-day event traditionally raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for collaborative cancer research projects at the UNM Cancer Center and New Mexico State University, and all proceeds stay in the state. Cowboys for Cancer Research has raised more than $1 million to help fight cancer in the state throughout its 27-year history.

“We are so pleased with the tremendous support we’ve received for Cowboys for Cancer Research,” said Denny Calhoun, co-chairman of the Cowboys for Cancer Research Dinner, Dance and Team Roping event committee. “Last year, we raised a total of $800,000 in cash and in-kind donations in collaboration with Tough Enough to Wear Pink to support cancer research in our state, and we are looking forward to another successful year.”

“Despite the economic uncertainty, Southern New Mexicans are certain about one thing – their desire to see an end to cancer in New Mexico,” said Geraldine Calhoun, co-chair of the Cowboys for Cancer Research Dinner, Dance and Team Roping event committee. “We are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from the community over the years.”

This year’s Cowboys for Cancer Research theme is “Spurring Ahead to Find a Cure” and will kick off on Friday, October 9 with a Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction at ?? p.m. at Dickerson’s Event Center. Participants will dance the night away to the music of The Delk Band, a country-western style dance band that has been entertaining people for three generations. In addition, the silent auction will feature a number of unique items. Tickets are $75.00 per person, with a tax deductible portion, and can be purchased by calling (575) 526-2887 or (575) 526-6028.

Festivities will continue through Sunday with a Team Roping event on Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11, 2009 at the Sproul Arena, formerly known as Calhoun Arena, located north of Las Cruces on Harvey Farm Road. Another silent auction will take place within the roping arena and vendors will be on-hand. Prizes, including a Fancy 3 Horse Gooseneck Trailer, saddles and buckles will be awarded to winners.

The two-day team roping event is open to the public, but bleacher seating is limited, so organizers recommend that spectators bring lawn chairs and sunscreen.

Cowboys for Cancer Research activities are sanctioned “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” events, which is an international organization created to support breast cancer awareness and research. The annual “Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event, now in its third year, is the largest TETWP event in the nation.

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About UNM Cancer Center
The UNM Cancer Center – Las Cruces opened in February 2007 at Memorial Medical Center. The Las Cruces team is part of more than 600 doctors, researchers, cancer specialists, nurses and staff at the UNM Cancer Center in Albuquerque. This nationally-recognized group of experts work together to create individualized treatment plans and deliver them to the people of Southern New Mexico and West Texas in a compassionate, culturally–sensitive manner.

The UNM Cancer Center is one of the nation’s 64 premier National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Centers, with the largest team of cancer specialists and researchers in the state and is the Official Cancer Center of the State of New Mexico.

About Cowboys for Cancer Research
In 1981, Alma Cohorn, wife of roper Kenneth Cohorn, died of breast cancer. To honor her memory, members of the Las Cruces community pulled together for the first annual team roping competition to raise money to fight the very disease that took her life. Now one of the largest cancer research fund raisers in New Mexico, the Cowboys for Cancer Research Team Roping event draws nearly 1,500 teams from New Mexico and West Texas for cash and donated prizes. Funds raised by the Cowboys for Cancer Research Roping Event help seed new research studies and equipment that will benefit patients directly by providing promising new treatments.

The three day event is staged just north of Las Cruces on the old highway to the Calhoun Arena at Harvey Farms. While people come from a tri-state area to enjoy a dinner dance and two full days of roping and festivities, the bulk of the participants reside and work within El Paso County (El Paso, Texas), Dona Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, Grant, Sierra, Otero, Chavez, Eddy, Socorro and Bernalillo counties.

Cowboys for Cancer Research is a volunteer group originally organized by the Sunshine Club of QWEST (formerly US West) Pioneers (retired telephone workers). This volunteer group evolved into a diverse team of dedicated members representing our community.

About NMSU
New Mexico State University was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. The Territorial Legislature of 1889 established the land-grant Agricultural College and Experiment Station, which officially opened on January 21, 1890. During its first full academic year, the college became known as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the first degree granting institution in the Territory. Under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862 and subsequent federal legislation, the special mission of land-grant institutions has been to provide a liberal and practical education for students, and to sustain programs of research, extension education and public service.

In 1960, New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts became New Mexico State University. Since that time, while sustaining excellence in those programs traditionally associated with land-grant institutions, New Mexico State has become a comprehensive doctoral level university offering a wide variety of programs through the Graduate School and the colleges: Agriculture and Home Economics, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Economics, Education, Engineering, and Health and Social Services.

Contact Information:
James Korenchen, JKPR, (505) 797-6671, james@jameskorenchen.com
Denny and Geraldine Calhoun, Cowboys for Cancer Center Research, (575) 642-5693, www.cowboysforcancerresearch.org

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