September 29, 2015

State’s Largest Cancer Research Fundraiser slated for October 9 in Las Cruces

By msequeira
The Cowboys for Cancer Research annual fundraiser will take place for the 33rd time this year at the Las Cruces Convention Center

Cowboys for Cancer Research and the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center will continue their 33-year tradition with this year’s annual fundraiser. To celebrate this long-standing event, Cowboys for Cancer Research will have music by The Yarbrough Band.

New Mexico’s largest cancer fundraiser will take place October 9 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 Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction

Cowboys for Cancer Research will host a dinner, dance and silent auction on October 9 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Blvd, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; prime rib dinner served at 7:00 p.m.; Opening Ceremony begins at 8:00 P.M.; and the dance begins at 9:00 p.m. Open seating single tickets are $100 each. Tickets for reserved tables of 10 are $1,200; to reserve, please call 575-642-5641 or 575-642-5696. Checks, cash, and credit cards are accepted.

About the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

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 400-mile radius. One of the premier cancer centers nationwide, the UNM CCC has 128 board-certified oncology physicians, forming New Mexico’s largest cancer care team. It treats about 60 percent of adults and virtually all the children in New Mexico diagnosed with cancer — more than 10,000 people— from every county in the state in more than 135,000 clinic visits each year. Through its partnership with the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance, an “exemplary national model for cancer health care delivery,” the UNM CCC offers access to more than 160 clinical trials to New Mexicans in every part of the state. Annual research funding of more than $72 million supports the UNM CCC’s 132 cancer scientists. Working with partners at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and New Mexico State University, they have developed new diagnostics and drugs for leukemia, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, liver and pancreatic cancer, brain cancer, and melanoma; garnered 33 new patents and 117 patents pending; and launched 13 new biotechnology companies since 2010. Learn more at

UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Contact Information

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


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