September 11, 2014

Cowboys for Cancer Research Celebrates 32 Years

By msequeira
New Mexico’s largest cancer fundraiser will host its annual event October 10, 2014 in Las Cruces

Cowboys for Cancer Research and the University of New Mexico Cancer Center have had a rich 31-year history. They will build upon that history even more for this year’s 32nd annual fundraiser. To celebrate this long-standing event, Cowboys for Cancer Research will have music by The Graham Brothers Band.

New Mexico’s largest cancer fundraiser will take place October 10 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Proceeds from the dinner, dance and silent auction will fund Cowboys for Cancer Research endowments at the UNM Cancer Center in Albuquerque and at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

One hundred percent of these endowments fund innovative cancer research at both institutions. The money raised at this annual event directly benefits New Mexicans because it stays in the state. This collaboration between Cowboys for Cancer Research, NMSU, and the UNM Cancer Center has allowed these institutions to pioneer cancer research. 



About the Team Roping Event
The Team Roping competition on September 20 and 21 will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Entry office will open at 7:30 a.m. The roping event will be held at the Southern New Mexico Fairground, 12 miles west of Las Cruces on I-10. Open under cover seating and bleacher seating will be available.

For more information, call Geraldine Calhoun at 575-642-5696, or visit


About the Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction
Cowboys for Cancer Research will host a dinner, dance and silent auction on October 10th at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Blvd, Las Cruces, New Mexico. This year is the 32nd anniversary of the Cowboys for Cancer Research annual fundraising event. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal will be served at 7:00 p.m. The dance with be held at 9:00 p.m. with music by the Graham Brothers Band. Tickets are $100 each; reserved premium seating is available for $1,200 for a table of 10. Call Angela for reservations at 575-526-2887.


About Cowboys for Cancer Research
Las Cruces-based nonprofit Cowboys for Cancer Research raises funds for cancer research at its annual events including a dinner, dance and silent auction; a team roping event; and a golf tournament. Cowboys for Cancer Research is joined by the NMSU Aggies Tough Enough To Wear Pink all-volunteer committee to raise funds benefitting the fight against cancer in New Mexico by supporting cutting-edge cancer research collaborations between UNM Cancer Center scientists and colleagues at NMSU.


About the UNM Cancer Center
The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in the state. One of just 68 premier NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide, the UNM Cancer Center is recognized for its scientific excellence, contributions to cancer research, the delivery of high quality, state of the art cancer diagnosis and treatment to all New Mexicans, and its community outreach programs statewide. Annual federal and private funding of over $77 million supports the UNM Cancer Center’s research programs. The UNM Cancer Center treats more than 60 percent of the adults and virtually all of the children in New Mexico affected by cancer, from every county in the state. It is home to New Mexico’s largest team of board-certified oncology physicians and research scientists, representing every cancer specialty and hailing from prestigious institutions such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, and the Mayo Clinic. Through its partnership with Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, the UNM Cancer Center brings world-class cancer care to the southern part of the state; its collaborative clinical programs in Santa Fe and Farmington serve northern New Mexico and it is developing new collaborative programs in Alamogordo and in Roswell/Carlsbad. The UNM Cancer Center also supports several community outreach programs to make cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment available to every New Mexican. Learn more at


UNM Cancer Center contact information
Dorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, 505-340-5929,
Michele Sequeira, UNM Cancer Center, 505-925-0486,




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