March 2, 2010

UNM Cancer Center Collaborates with Winemaker in the Fight Against Cancer


“Let’s drink to your health” is a toast often made to wish someone good health and prosperity. Why not do so with a wine that will actually contribute to the health and well being of those who are currently fighting cancer? During the weekend of March 12–14, you can do so by participating in the Domaine Lucie et Auguste Lignier Wine Benefit, which will donate a portion of all sales to the UNM Cancer Center for cancer research.

Kellen Lignier, a New Mexico native who followed her heart to France, now runs her husband’s family winery in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or. Lignier’s husband, Romain, lost his battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor, in 2004. Left with her two children, Lucie and Auguste, Lignier has carried on her husband’s legacy of fine winemaking.

With her success, Lignier became determined to contribute to the fight against the disease that took her husband’s life. Driven to participate in the fight against cancer, Lignier turned to her home state, New Mexico, and the UNM Cancer Center, the official cancer center of the State of New Mexico. This wine benefit is the result of her wish to give something back to the cancer patients of the region.

“Many of us has been touched in some way by a cancer diagnosis, and to see someone whose life has been changed so radically by cancer giving back to the community is inspiring,” said Dr. Cheryl Willman, Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “We are thrilled to partner with Mrs. Lignier and with the Albuquerque community to make this wine benefit a tremendous success.”

Scalo Northern Italian Grill in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill will host a reception featuring L.A. Lignier wines and an opportunity to meet the winemaker on Saturday, March 13, from 3 PM to 5 PM. The cost to attend the event is $30; cash or checks at the door are preferred. In addition, Lignier’s wines will be available all weekend at Brasserie La Provence, and a portion of all sales will be given to the UNM Cancer Center.

The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of the State of New Mexico, and one of only 65 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers in the nation. It is home to 85 board-certified oncology physicians representing every cancer specialty and more than 120 research scientists hailing from such prestigious institutions as M.D. Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic.

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