Hoops 4 hope
Members of the New Mexico House of Representatives and state Senate battle for the ball during the 2013 "Hoops 4 Hope" annual fundraiser in Santa Fe. This year's event tips off Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Capitol High School.

New Mexico legislators join forces as either Lobos or Aggies Friday, Feb. 7 in the annual “Hoops 4 Hope” basketball game to raise awareness and money for cancer treatment and research. State senators will represent the Lobos, while state representatives in the House will represent the Aggies. The game is set for 7 p.m. in the Capitol High School gymnasium located at 4851 Paseo del Sol in Santa Fe. Tickets are $5 at the door. All proceeds benefit the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.

The UNM Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute designated center in the state, and is tasked with ensuring that all New Mexicans have access to world-class cancer care and benefit from advances in cancer research. The “Hoops for Hope” basketball game has been an important source of private donations for over 15 years. Last year’s game raised more than $26,000, which brought the total amount the game has raised since 2007 to more than $100,000.

“The Hoops 4 Hope” event is fun for everyone involved, but it is also an important source of support for the UNM Cancer Center,” said Cheryl Willman, director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “The proceeds help us to deliver the cutting-edge, compassionate care that all New Mexicans deserve.”

This year’s fundraiser features Doug Martin from NMSU, as the House Aggies coach, and UNM’s Ray Birmingham for the Senate Lobos.

For more information, contact Billy Gupton at (505) 480-9316.