ENMU student holding bake sale to benefit children with cancer

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Argen Duncan For one Eastern New Mexico University student, a cartoon-watching session with her son turned into an effort to raise money for children with cancer. Marissa Hyde, a sophomore in public relations, is organizing a Heritage Days bake sale in conjunction with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, an organization that contributes money to pediatric cancer […]

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: FNM 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 […]

Portales teen shaves head to support cancer-stricken relative

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A 16-year-old Portales girl went bald for the love of her great-grandmother undergoing chemotherapy. About a month ago, Portales High School sophomore Mercedes Reynolds shaved her head to show support for her great-grandmother, Louise Reynolds of Binghamton, N.Y., and all other cancer patients. Mercedes’ mother, Stephanie Reynolds, said Louise, […]

‘Robo calls’ oppose cigarette tax

By Steve Terrell: The 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 to smokers […]

Mammogram screening recommendation riles cancer survivors

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer 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 be a cancerous tumor was discovered early, the Portales city library employee has continued on with her life. When Swopes thinks […]

Press Release: Great American Smokeout

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

Program combats high tobacco use rates among county youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout takes place on Thursday, much attention will be paid to helping people with a bad habit try to quit. In Roosevelt County, Theresa Teti is trying to reach out to those who aren’t quite set in their ways. Teti is […]

Cancer fundraising dinner 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 […]

Local sports officials pink up for breast cancer awareness

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local sports enthusiasts are thinking pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local teams are joining professional sports teams in attracting attention to the issue by wearing pink. Michael Doerr, athletics director at the Portales Recreation Center, said game officials are wearing white T-shirts with pink ribbon logos […]

Portales boy survives battle with cancer

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer There’s a genetic bug in the family tree of Portales’ Joe Fletcher, so he is quite aware the cancerous disease known as osteosarcoma could come up again. The bone cancer has struck Fletcher’s grandmother, his uncle and his sister — who died as a result. Most recently, though, it […]

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 […]

Cancer services offers free family retreat

Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Family Cancer Retreat is September 11 through 13 in Glorieta. The free program provides New Mexico adult cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones with tools and information they need to manage the treatment and survival process. Sessions on treatment options, navigating the health care system, palliative care, meditation, family […]

Family raises funds to keep home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With a Portales man dying of pancreatic cancer and in danger of losing his house, his daughter and another relative are raising money to help. Joe Linthicum, a 52-year-old lifelong Portales resident, is dying of pancreatic cancer. He was in chronic pain for two years, since a surgery to […]

Annual Relay for Life event next week

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Police Department is producing a video to help kick off the Relay for Life fundraiser to fight cancer next Friday. The department has been collecting photographs and information from people affected by cancer. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry, himself a cancer survivor, has been helping gather the information. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dora student battling cancer

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A Dora student’s fight against cancer received a boost with his father’s return from active duty in Afghanistan recently. Eight year-old Lance Fletcher of Dora was diagnosed earlier this summer with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. He has been receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in […]

Cancer program airs tonight

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A special program on the impact of cancer in America airing tonight 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 […]

Gardels completes cancer documentary

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Kevin Gardels not only served as director and producer of a documentary on cancer, he also shared his own story as cancer survivor on the video. Gardels, graduate student in communication at Eastern New Mexico University, recently completed the video documentary, “Cancer: A Survivor’s Story,” as a special project […]