Contact: Colleen Harris (505) 277-5682

Sam Giammo (505) 272-3682

Jenny Savage (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNM Hospital is now accepting applications for the Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship, awarded to two college-bound New Mexico students who have been treated for cancer at UNM Hospitals.

The $5, 000 scholarship, used for college tuition and books, is awarded annually at the Jeff Apodaca "Celebration of Life" gala fundraiser benefiting UNM Children's Hospital. This year, the fundraiser is being held August 27 at the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Twenty-seven years ago at the age of 17, Jeff Apodaca won the battle against a rare and malignant form of soft muscle sarcoma with the help of UNM Children's Hospital. Believing in the bright future and resilience of children, Apodaca and his family now sponsor the annual fundraiser.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be attending a four-year New Mexico school of higher education, provide proof of treatment for cancer at UNM Hospitals, be a New Mexico resident and meet the entrance requirements for their school of choice. The winner must also be able to attend the "Celebration of Life" gala fundraiser.

Applications can be obtained via fax at 277-5687, by email request sent toColharris@salud.unm.edu, or by downloading an application from the Children's Hospital website,http://hospitals.unm.edu/FundsForKids/Index.shtml. All applications must be submitted by August 8, 2005 .