New Mexico’s senators and representatives will face each other in an end-of-session, hotly contested basketball game February 5. The Senate “Lobos” have beaten the House of Representatives “Aggies” in the last four consecutive games. But, everyone on the court and in the stands knows that the real opponent is cancer.
The game has been a tradition for 17 years. In 2004, lawmakers began raising money to help New Mexicans facing cancer, in honor of Representative Ray Ruiz who died of lung cancer that year. Since 2007, the ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ game has raised more than $180,000. All proceeds benefit patient care at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“We serve the people of New Mexico,” says Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The proceeds from this game help us to deliver the cutting-edge, compassionate care that all New Mexicans deserve.” The American Cancer Society estimated that 10,040 New Mexicans received a cancer diagnosis and 3,630 died from cancer in 2017. The UNM Cancer Center is the only cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute in the state of New Mexico.
Traditionally, varsity coaches from UNM and New Mexico State University have coached the legislative teams in the ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ game. UNM has announced that Football Head Coach Bob Davie will coach the Senate “Lobos.” NMSU has announced that Football Head Coach Doug Martin will coach the House of Representatives “Aggies.”
The ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ legislative basketball game will be played Monday, February 5, 2018, in the Santa Fe Indian School Gymnasium, 1501 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm.
Admission is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated. All proceeds benefit patient care at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Questions may be addressed to the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Development Office. Call 505-272-4443 or email Hoops4Hope@salud.unm.edu.
The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at www.cancer.unm.edu.
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