The awards committee for the Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Award is accepting nominations through August 1, 2001. The award and a $2,500 scholarship are given to a pediatric oncology patient or survivor who has faced the relentless battle against cancer.

The scholarship can be used to fund the recipient's college education at an accredited New Mexico university of their choice. The award and scholarship will be presented at the Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Gala, which will be held on September 22, 2001.

Apodaca, who is the son of former New Mexico Governor Jerry and Clara Apodaca, was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer when he was 17 years old. He started the Celebration of Life in 1999 to honor the amazing character and strength that pediatric oncology patients possess.

To be considered for the award and scholarship, nominees should be residents of New Mexico. Nominations should include a short narrative about the nominee and how he or she has shown the qualities of a champion strength, tenacity, perseverance and courage. Include the patient's name, address, telephone number and the name of the nominee's parents. The nominator should include his or her name and telephone number.

Please mail nominations to:

Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Award Committee Children's Hospital of New Mexico 700 Lomas Blvd. N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87131

For more information contact Denise Codding at 277-5685.
Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322