Bike ride planned to benefit Buzard

Freedom Newspapers

PORTALES — A bike-ride benefit is planned for Sunday to raise money for former Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard, who recently required additional surgery to combat a brain tumor.

Portales High Spanish teacher Andy Mason and ENMU senior Whitney Hobson organized the fund-raiser, with all donations going to help Buzard and his family.

“Coach Buzard has been an upstanding citizen in our community,” Hobson said. “And we wanted to be there for him and his family.”

Buzard said he has undergone two surgeries in the last two weeks to treat infections and remove part of his frontal lobe. He has been battling the tumor since July 2004 when he checked into an Albuquerque emergency room suffering from occasional seizures and severe headaches.

Buzard served as the Zias head coach for four years — he sat out the 2004-05 season — before being relieved of his duties in the spring. He was also an assistant coach for the Zias for 13 years.

The benefit ride starts at 11 a.m. at the Town & Country on U.S. 70 and ends at Hillcrest Park in Clovis.

Businesses and individuals interested in participating or donating can call Hobson at 356-8885.