March 12, 2004

Contact: Harriet Kraye 272-6794 office or 249-6172 cell; Angela Heisel, 272-3651 office or 720-6565 cell; Baxter Black, 800-654-255

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Over the last 23 years, one unique group has been the single largest contributor to the University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center (CRTC) in Albuquerque- Cowboys for Cancer Research.

Every year in March since 1982, thousands of ropers from New Mexico and West Texas get together in memory of Alma Cohorn, who died of cancer, to raise money for the UNM CRTC and create awareness of the disease while participating in one of the oldest sports in the Southwest.

The roping event, originally organized by the Las Cruces Chapter of U.S. West Pioneers, was called the Alma Cohorn Team Roping Event. Now, an annual event, is one of New Mexico's largest roping events and known as Cowboys for Cancer Research. "This is such a worthwhile cause which benefits our community as well as those living elsewhere in the State of New Mexico and West Texas," said Skip Prichard, DVM and Co-Chairman of Cowboys for Cancer Research.

This year's benefit will kick off with a dinner and silent auction honoring Lou Henson, cancer survivor and recently retired coach of New Mexico State University Aggies basketball, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Dickerson's (3920 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces). Entertainment will be provided by cowboy humorist and veterinarian Baxter Black, DVM and music by nationally acclaimed, Western Swing Group of the Year, Ted Scanlon & The Desperados. Tickets are $60 per person and reservations can be made by calling 523-1130.

The team roping will take place on March 12 and 13 at the Calhoun Arena at Harvey Farms, in the Mesilla Valley just North of Las Cruces. Admission to the event is free and there will be a silent auction and concession stand.

The University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center is New Mexico's premier Cancer Center supported by the State and the National Cancer Institute to conduct innovative research and deliver state-of-the-art patient care. The UNM CRTC works to reduce the incidence of cancer in New Mexico, decrease cancer mortality and contribute to the world's understanding of cancer. With a staff of over 300 including more than 150 physicians and research scientists, the UNM CRTC maintains a vigorous clinical research program, participates in clinical trials and compiles and tracks data on all cancer cases affecting the state's diverse population.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322