University of New Mexico hoops players are ditching the cherry and silver for a good cause. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will don all-pink uniforms as part of the upcoming “Lobos Love Pink” cancer awareness event.
“Lobos Love Pink games are very important in helping us raise awareness in the community,” said Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD. Brown-Glaberman is a breast cancer specialist at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The key is to find the disease early when it is still curable.”
Stephanie Fine, MD, a surgical oncologist and a member of the UNM Cancer Center breast team, agreed. “Most women who have early stage breast cancer don’t know it unless they get a screening mammogram,” Fine said. “You can’t feel it. You can’t see it. And it very often has no symptoms whatsoever.”
Lobos Love Pink kicks off when the Lady Lobos take on the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, February 10, at 2 p.m. in Dreamstyle Arena. Tickets are $5 for those wearing pink to the game and seated in bench rows 1 through 10. The Lobo men will tip off against the Utah State Aggies on Wednesday, February 14, at 7 p.m. in Dreamstyle Arena. Tickets are $10 for those wearing pink to the game and seated in bench rows 1 through 10.
The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is New Mexico’s official cancer center 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.