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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Portales boy survives battle with cancer

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PNT Staff Photo: Eric Butler Lance Fletcher, 9, relaxes with mom Carol and sister Lindsey at their Portales home. Fletcher, diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago, is a poster child for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer There’s a genetic bug in the family tree of Portales’ Joe […]

Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as […]

Nurse hoping to raise awareness with cancer education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kim Adams changes a bag of medicine for one of her patients at Plains Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After years helping cancer patients, an award-winning nurse is planning ways to educate people about cancer at next month’s Relay for Life cancer-research fundraiser. Kim […]

Feb. 22, 2009 On the shelf

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Freedom From Disease: The Breakthrough Approach to Preventing Cancer, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, and Depression by Controlling Insulin by Peter Kash was given by Gene and Phyllis Walker in memory of Marc Hays. This groundbreaking book explains how insulin is the culprit not just in diabetes, […]

Anti-cancer bills get new focus

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Activists are renewing their push for bills that target cancer screening and treatment in the wake of the death of Patty Jennings, the director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, died this weekend after battling breast cancer. She was […]

Cancer retreat set for April

CNJ Staff The Cancer Services of New Mexico’s annual Family Cancer Retreat is April 24-26 in Lifeway Glorieta Conference Center in Glorieta, N.M. This free program provides New Mexico’s adult cancer patients, survivors and their families with tools and information they need to manage the treatment and survival process.

Portales Relay for Life kicking off

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Relay for Life of Portales is kicking off its annual March fundraiser with a registration party from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pizza Hut in Portales. The community effort raises money for the American Cancer Society and cancer research. Pledge sheets and other information will be available […]