WhatNewswise — The second annual “Splash Away Cancer!” event raises money for cancer research and treatment at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event is sponsored by the Lobo Aquatic Club, UNM Recreational Services and New Mexico Masters Swimming.

WhyThe event celebrates swimmers and all those whose lives have been directly touched by cancer and honors those who have lost their battle.

All donations will directly benefit the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The UNM Foundation will collect donations on behalf of UNM Cancer Center. Last year’s event raised more than $13,000.

WhoSwimmers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part. Swimmers may choose to swim 500 yards, one mile or two miles and will be required to sign a waiver.

Swimmers may download entry forms and waivers online and register at the pool the day of the event. The minimum donation is $25. Those wishing to stay dry may donate online.

Please visit http://www.SplashAwayCancer.org to learn more about the event, to donate and to download entry forms and waivers.

WhenMay 21, 2016Registration opens at 7:00 A.M. The event runs from 7:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

WhereThe Armond H. Seidler Natatorium,Johnson Center at the University of New Mexico1 University Boulevard, Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico

InterviewsJoel Swartz, event organizer, [email protected], 650-888-9624

ContactDorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, 505-340-5929, [email protected]

About the UNM Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 400-mile radius. One of the premier cancer centers nationwide, the UNM CCC has 128 board-certified oncology physicians, forming New Mexico’s largest cancer care team. It treats about 60 percent of adults and virtually all the children in New Mexico diagnosed with cancer — more than 10,000 people— from every county in the state in more than 135,000 clinic visits each year. Through its partnership with the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance, an “exemplary national model for cancer health care delivery,” the UNM CCC offers access to more than 160 clinical trials to New Mexicans in every part of the state. Annual research funding of more than $72 million supports the UNM CCC’s 132 cancer scientists. Working with partners at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and New Mexico State University, they have developed new diagnostics and drugs for leukemia, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, liver and pancreatic cancer, brain cancer, and melanoma; garnered 33 new patents and 117 patents pending; and launched 13 new biotechnology companies since 2010. Learn more at www.cancer.unm.edu.

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