We have a storied history and are proud of our past, present, and future.
What We Have Done
The Cowboys for Cancer Research group has been raising money for research in the ongoing fight against this terrible disease.This money is raised through donations, multiple endowment funds, and activities such as the roping events and golf tournaments. In the last six years, 2013-2018, the Cowboys for Cancer Research group has raised roughly $2,490,000.00 for immediate use in research. This is possible thanks to the generosity of all the donators and volunteers involved.
Cowboys for Cancer Research is a group originally organized by the Sunshine Club of QWEST (formerly US West) Pioneers (retired telephone workers.) Over the past 30 years this group has evolved into a diverse team of dedicated members representing our community. Funds raised by the Cowboy for Cancer Research events such as a team roping event, dinner/dance, golf tournament, and our community help seed new research studies and equipment that will benefit patients directly by providing promising new treatments. The team roping event was staged 8 miles north of Las Cruces on the Valley Drive at the Sproul Arena (formally the Calhoun Arena) on Harvey Farms Road, but has moved to the Southern New Mexico Fair Grounds since 2014! We also teamed up with NMSU Aggies Tough Enough To Wear Pink for 10 years which rocketed our growth as a non-profit.
In 1981, Alma Cohorn, wife of roper Kenneth Cohorn, died of cancer. To honor her memory, members of the Las Cruces community pulled together for the first team roping competition to raise money to fight the very disease that took the life of a good friend. Now, one of the largest roping events in New Mexico, the Cowboys for Cancer Research Team Roping event draws teams from New Mexico and West Texas for cash and donated prizes. While people come from a tri-state area to enjoy a dinner dance and two full days of roping and festivities, the bulk of the participants reside and work within El Paso County (El Paso, Texas), Dona Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, Grant, Sierra, Otero, Chavez, Eddy, Socorro and Bernalillo counties.
Meet Our Officers & Directors
Executive Directors: Denny and Geraldine Calhoun
Board of Directors:
President – Joe Delk
Vice President & Ambassador Coordinator – Tony Johnson