Coworkers trying to bowl cancer over

By Alisa Boswell: PNT Staff Writer Two Portales residents and coworkers are knocking down bowling pins for dollars — with the money going to the fight against cancer. Roger Jones, who works at C&S Inc., and is on its Relay for Life team each year, bowls with the Continental Bowling League Thursday nights in Clovis. […]

Family remembers father as fighter

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Benna Sayyed Kevin Gardels called on his spiritual strength to deal with his fierce battle against cancer, family members said. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer known as primary myelofibrosis in September 2002, the Portales musician’s battle lasted nearly a decade. He died Saturday in Portales from complications caused by his cancer. He was […]

Thursday morning briefing: Tips for fighting cancer, a feast of sorts and a winner flops

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fighting cancer The Clovis High girls volleyball team is spending Saturday working at Bradley’s Twin Cronnies Drive-In in Clovis, raising money to fight breast cancer. They’ll be taking orders from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and donating all tips to the cause. Feast for […]

Their view: Medicaid cuts could impact thousands of New Mexicans

The importance of Medicaid to New Mexicans is detailed in a report released jointly by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association, and the health care consumer group Families USA. Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans are covered by Medicaid. Of this number: • An estimated 6,900 […]

Possible breast cancer link to cell phones

Dr. Devra Davis, chairman of the Environmental Health Trust and author, offers this view on a possible connection between cell phones and breast cancer:

No easy way to let go of family dog

I should have known, that Wednesday two weeks ago, when the dog was sitting in the passenger seat looking at me as if trying to memorize my face. In the past 12 years, I have never seen the dog look at me that way. The dog is a terrier, and not given to serious attitudes, […]

Flower pressing featured on show

Information on pressing flowers, cancer-preventing foods and making bumper pads will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show different ways that pressed flowers can be attached to different objects, such as magnets, jewelry, candles and even light-switch plates. Chu […]

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

Cancer fundraiser makes return to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Tanya Baca is battling cancer. She was also one of more than 350 people who gathered to raise money for cancer research with Relay for Life from 6 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. today at the Greyhound Arena in Portales. “It touches my heart,” Baca said of the event. […]

Family triumphs over illness

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Alisa Boswell After overcoming health obstacles from breast cancer to kidney failure, a Portales family may be the very definition of perseverance. Joab “Sid” Savage had an ambition to work towards raising money for breast cancer research and survivors. In doing so, he raised donations totaling $4,850 to take first place in Relay for Life […]

Thursday morning briefing: A cancer fighter, strike up the band and a giant killer

Good morning. Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. For a cause Sid Savage of Portales is ranked among the top five fundraisers in the state in the fight against cancer. He’s in a statewide contest through today, trying to raise even more money for […]

Oregon woman donates crocheted caps to Clovis cancer program

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Liliana Castillo A big fan of crocheting from Sea Side, Oregon is spreading cheer to Clovis area cancer patients. Evelyn Rush, 73, began crocheting colorful caps after she got the pattern from a friend. “I started making them and it sort of ballooned,” she said. Rush said she enjoys sitting in the evening and crocheting. […]

Reader submitted article: Mammograms offered

Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service will once again will be offering a Breast Cancer Screening Clinic. Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center will do the screenings. The screening will be held in Portales, at the Roosevelt County Extension Office, 705 E. Lime from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on March 8. You should call 1-800-377-4673, […]

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 […]

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 […]

My turn: Obituaries leave lasting impression

By medical design, I recently spent a few hours in Dallas unconscious. The experience made me wonder if my obliviousness might be a preview of the final curtain. Of course, many believe in an afterlife, although the reviews are still out. In the foggy days after, I read the Dallas Morning News religiously, becoming intrigued […]

Danger under the sun

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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 […]