Musician remembered for faith, strength

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Courtesy photo Kevin Gardels on the air during one of his radio programs. 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. […]

Fund established for child with leukemia

CNJ staff A fund has been established to help with medical costs for 9-year-old Lynzie Barton of Clovis, who is diagnosed with leukemia, according to her mother Rebecca Barton. Donations can be made to the Lynzie Barton Donation Fund at any area branch of Wells Fargo Bank.

Health experts: Take proper precautions in sun

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 […]

In tribute: Businessman found strength in faith

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In his 31 years, Marcus Grau built a successful business and had a short college basketball career. However, his proudest accomplishments weren’t the points he scored or the sales he made, but the wife and children he came home to every day. “His family always came first,” said Marty […]

Honorary chairs say fear of the unknown toughest part of cancer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Minutes after regaining consciousness, one thought ran through Russell Muffley’s head — had his surgery been successful? The answer he had been hoping for wasn’t what he heard. “It was the lowest point. I waited and waited and waited for the doctor to come in and then he did. […]

Student Profile

Ali Garrett is the daughter of Ron and Jan Garrett and is a senior at Clovis High School. Tell us about your pet(s): I have three animals. I have one dog and she is 1/2 golden retriever and 1/2 Irish setter. Her name is Golda and she is 11 years old. I also have two […]

Breast cancer — Early detection can save lives

By Michelle Seeber Former Portales resident Charles Meister lost his sister Marilyn (Meister) Emanuel to breast cancer on Dec. 5, 1988. She was a second-grade school teacher in Chandler, Ariz., and only 41 years old. She left two sons behind: Glen, 17, and Greg, 13. She lived only two years after she was diagnosed with […]