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NMMI’s Regimental Commander, cadet Katianne Flury (left), presents a check from the ‘Cadets for a Cure’ campaign to Chaves County Cancer Fund president Brittnye Lamb (center) and Misty Tarin (right). (NMMI Press Photo)

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During a halftime ceremony at the Bronco basketball team’s previous home game vs. Odessa on Jan. 8, the NMMI ‘Cadets For A Cure’ Campaign presented a check to the Chaves County Cancer Fund totaling $3,321.41.

The campaign is a year-long series of events and activities, organized by Institute cadets, designed to help raise both money and awareness for all types of cancer.

Last spring, the cadets held a ‘March for Cancer’. This fall, the cadets held a variety of activities during several home NMMI athletic events, including dunk tanks, pie-in-the face booths, balloon launches, and sales of t-shirts and bracelets.

The Chaves County Cancer Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to “provide caring support and financial assistance to Chaves County community members and their families as they go through cancer treatment.”

“It was a successful campaign, especially for the first year,” said head Colt football coach Randy Montoya, one of several staff liaisons helping out this year’s campaign. “Being new, I thought everything went very well,” he continued. “The cadets did a great job and we had a lot of support from the faculty, staff and our coaches. It was just a good team effort, everyone pitching in and pulling together for a great cause.”

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When asked if this will become an annual activity, Montoya nodded in the affirmative. “Any time we can help out of local community, it’s a plus for both us and them,” explained the coach. “We’re going to try and make this a yearly event and have already been talking about what we can improve on for next year – things like getting more people involved – hopefully growing each and every year.”

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