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Scholarship program deadline Feb. 25 The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program deadline is Feb. 25. The possible lifetime award is up to $10,000 per student offered in increments of $2,500 per year. Application packets can be obtained by calling 866-500-3272 or 1-800-ACS-2345. To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, the students […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships, a local cotton conference and losing a crown

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Cancer scholarship Young cancer survivors have until Feb. 25 to apply for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $10,000 offered in increments of $2,500 per academic year. Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before age 21 […]

TRICARE new: Risk factors for cervical cancer can be common

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — You may have heard that a virus called HPV is a risk factor for cervical cancer, but did you know taking birth control pills can be one too? While the best way to survive cervical cancer is to catch it early by screening regularly with a pap […]

Cancer claims former Clovis resident

A 24-year-old former Clovis resident battling cancer died Friday night in Pullman, Wash., according to family members. Virginia Lee, recently recognized for her research in strengthening wheat crops and awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Washington State University, was featured in a Dec. 24 Clovis News Journal story. Lee was a Clovis native and 2004 Clovis […]

CHS grad battling cancer receives honorary doctorate

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Courtesy photo Virginia Lee, 24, was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in molecular plant science by Washington State University Dec. 13. Lee, a Clovis native, is battling terminal cancer. Sharna Johnson Virginia Lee’s outlook is simple — people were put on earth to help. “If we’re not here to help others what are we here for?” […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Calendars, cutting up and a revolutionary law

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Mark your new calendars The 2011 Relay for Life American Cancer Society fundraiser in Portales has already been scheduled. The event is set for April 8-9 in the Greyhound Arena. There’s a kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 27, with the location to be […]

First person: Elementary students raise money for Relay for Life

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CNJ photo: Kevin Wilson Sterling Barth, 7, left, is the captain of the $1,000 Barry Kids, and 12-year-old Damon Back is the co-captain. Barth, who is holding the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year award from the El Desayuno Kiwanis Club, started the club to raise money for Relay for Life. Kevin Wilson Sterling Barth, 7, […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Hitting home

By Airman 1st Class Alexandria Mosness: 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Do you remember the time you realized your parents weren’t invincible? Can you recall how you felt? Dread, fear and shock are a few things I remember as I stared at my mother sobbing after her double mastectomy […]

Health experts: Take proper precautions in sun

Clarence Plank Summer sun may be a pleasure but area cancer experts say safely enjoying the sun means taking proper precautions. There are an estimated two million cases of skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the U.S. Most are considered to be sun-related, according to the American Cancer Society. James Townson, 66, of Melrose is one […]

In tribute: Melrose matriarch kept faith during battle with cancer

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Courtesy photo: Jackie Clark Polly and Panny Bigler, seated, pose with their grandchildren, from left, Felicia Glascock, Scotty Clark and Toni Whitecotton during Christmas in 2001. Freedom New Mexico Verna “Polly” Bigler cleaned relatives’ kitchens when they weren’t home, kept track of daily events on her family’s farm and kept her Christian faith through her […]

Thursday morning briefing: Fish tales, fighting cancer and summer sports

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Fish tale Grab a rod and reel. The pond at Oasis State Park was stocked with catfish June 3. The limit for catfish is two per person per day. Information: 356-5331. Charity bikers It’s billed as the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world. […]

Cancer remains surreal experience

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Welcome to the world of insecurity, and realizing that, no matter how safe you think you are, you have no guarantees. You can control your habits and actions, but you cannot control forces beyond your impact. This is the world of cancer; this is the world which has been walked […]

Area ranch set to host Ride for Life fundraiser

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Courtesy photo Jatonna Hankins, left, the top fundraiser for last year’s Ride for Life, won a hand-tooled saddle presented by ride organizer Amber Workheiser. The event, scheduled for Saturday, raises about $20,000 for Relay for Life. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Fighting cancer is a lot less stressful on horseback. That’s the theory that’s […]

Regular colorectal cancer screenings can save lives

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Regular colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Colorectal cancer screenings may be an uncomfortable subject for some people to discuss, but their importance cannot be underplayed. With one in 19 Americans being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime, the good news for TRICARE beneficiaries is that colorectal […]

Vaccine could protect against cervical cancer

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Cancer prevention comes in many forms; a healthy lifestyle, vaccines and routine screenings. All involve your ability to make healthy choices, but TRICARE makes those choices even easier by covering a vaccine that protects against cervical cancer, as well as routine screenings for early detection. According to […]

Calls oppose cigarette tax hike

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican As its done in previous years, a major tobacco company is running a phone bank to urge New Mexicans to tell legislators to vote against raising cigarette taxes. A spokesman for Altria, parent company of Phillip Morris, said Monday that such calls are supposed to go only […]

Mammogram screening recommendation riles cancer survivors

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Mammograph technician Cheryl Smoot tests Sherri Brewer of Clovis on Friday at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Danielle Swopes was 41 years old when her first mammogram turned up the result most women fear: Positive for breast cancer. Because the lump that turned out to […]

Press Release: Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society will mark its 34th Great American Smokeout

Cancer fundraising feast set at VFW post

Freedom New Mexico The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3015 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a cancer fundraiser and Halloween Feast 7 p.m. today at the post. A $6 donation will be collected at the door. The menu is spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken alfredo, garlic bread and salad. Auctions and raffles will be held during […]

Cancer awareness key step to survial

By Tech Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Breast cancer is a part of my daily life since my mom has had breast cancer and I am high risk. It’s hard for me not to think about it, search it on the Internet, donate to it, ask about it, walk for it… cry about […]