Editorial: Activist worked tirelessly for freedom

Marshall Fritz, a tireless activist for the cause of human liberty, died peacefully in his hometown of Fresno, Calif., earlier this month after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 65. The founder of three different nonprofit organizations dedicated to furthering freedom in different ways, he was a genial giant with a booming voice […]

Cancer special to air on major networks Friday

By Thomas Garcial: Freedom New Mexico A special on the impact of cancer in America airing Friday night on all three major networks will hit home for many eastern New Mexico families. Between 1995 and 2004, there have been 1,590 Curry County and 657 Roosevelt County residents diagnosed with new cancer cases, according to the […]

Survivors reflect on fight against cancer

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Luu’s Bad Crew members Betty Bumgardner, from left, Dzung Luu and Donna Canales gathered around the grill in their camp site for warmth and food during Friday’s Relay for Life. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Phien Luu is a Clovis pediatrician, and more than three years ago, his wife, […]

Library to receive cancer reference materials

In collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lance Armstrong Foundation will provide librarians across the country with reference materials on health-related information, specifically cancer. The foundation is sending LIVESTRONG Survivorship Notebooks to more than 14,200 libraries, including the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The books include sections on survivorship tools, stories, topics and updates. Individuals, groups […]

Cancer study seeks subjects

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sheryll Plyler, director of the cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center, is organizing Cancer Prevention Study 3. The study looks at genetics, race, age gender and lifestyle to get a better understanding of cancer. Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Penny Bailey is willing to do whatever she can to […]

Melrose kicks off Relay fundraiser

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Melrose school teacher Cheryl Henrichs holds up a banner awarded to students who organized last year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Melrose. The students raised about $10,000, which is equivalent to $133 per student. Their efforts put them i By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Madeline Wymer sat […]

In tribute: Former managing editor, CCC instructor dies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico He traveled the world, but always found his way back to Clovis. His family was his world, but he’d always find ways to make others belong. And in a world of numbers, he always reminisced about the storytelling past he’d left behind. George Prothro, a former instructor at Clovis […]

This holiday, leave entitlement at door

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist I knew a woman once who, on receiving a diagnosis of cancer, did what most of us would do, submitting to the treatment (which entailed surgery) and going about the course of therapy which was necessary. Like many cancer survivors, after a period of some months she was ready to […]

Size doesn’t always matter

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about breast implants – specifically, my desire to have a larger bosom. I seriously considered the option of breast enhancement and went as far as making appointments with two highly recommended plastic surgeons. Before even speaking with them, I made up my […]

Business Digest: Ground broken for cancer center

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A $90 million cancer treatment center at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is expected to open in early 2009, according to a UNM news release. The 190,000-square-foot University of New Mexico Cancer Treatment and Clinical Research Facility will provide comprehensive cancer care and access to world-class diagnosis […]

Angels take action

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Charles Martinez strings lights to decorate the Charlie’s Angels team RV at the Relay for Life on Friday night at Ned Houk Park. The Martinez siblings created the team to honor their parents, who both died of cancer. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer s Clovis Relay for Life walkers […]

Walk of life

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CNJ Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cancer survivors line up for the first lap at the Clovis Relay for Life at Ned Houk Park outside of Clovis on Friday night. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The sun set on the thousands at Clovis’ Ned Houk Park, but the laps, laughs and memories continued throughout the […]

Survivors, supporters relay cancer stories

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Melissa Crowe, right, a Relay For Life Co-chair, helps Therese Musick inventory T-shirts Thursday for event sponsors at Ned Houk Park. By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor The 12th annual Clovis Relay for Life is taking place today and Saturday at Ned Houk Park. Here are some of the stories […]

Cancer survivor chairs Relay

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Five generations of women in Kay Prater’s family have been stricken by cancer. The Clovis resident lost her grandmother and mother to the devastating disease. “My grandmother succumbed (to cancer) when I was 11,” Prater said, “and my mother died when I was an adult.” Prater’s daughter and granddaughter […]

Relay for Life worthwhile cause

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Late April means at least two events that hold significance in my life. I hope that these are also of importance to you. The first is, by now, you should have paid your federal and state income taxes, or have filed for an extension. If you haven’t, perhaps you should put […]

Ride returns to Relay for Life

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Some will walk. Some will ride. But all are working for a cure. After a two-year hiatus, the Ride for Life is returning. According to event coordinator Monte Graham, the Ride for Life is a 10-mile horseback trail ride that benefits the American Cancer Society. The ride, which is […]

Tractor gets pink paint job to raise cancer awareness

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Shelia Smith of Roswell drives her pink 1955 Farmall tractor in the parade at the New Mexico Ag Expo Tuesday in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie […]

Stylin’ survivor

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Karla Granillo, left, a first-semester cosmetology student, styles the hair on her mannequin at Clovis Community College on Tuesday. CCC is the site of a program that provides free wigs and make-up to cancer patients. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer To shrink the cancer in her liver, Carol Johnson […]

In tribute: Businessman found strength in faith

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In his 31 years, Marcus Grau built a successful business and had a short college basketball career. However, his proudest accomplishments weren’t the points he scored or the sales he made, but the wife and children he came home to every day. “His family always came first,” said Marty […]

Vaccine mandate oversteps bounds of government

By Freedom Newspapers You have to give Texas Gov. Rick Perry credit for showing the gumption to step outside his conservative political reputation by initiating a policy that some circles might view as “progressive.” But his execution of this new direction — mandating anti-cancer vaccines for all girls entering sixth grade — was clumsy and […]