Over the last 22 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 March 12 honoring Carl Faubion, a cancer survivor and local icon in the Southern New Mexico agricultural community. The team roping will take place on March 13 and 14 at the Calhoun Arena in the Mesilla Valley , just north of Las Cruces .

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