Going the Distance of Multiple Sclerosis Research
Las Cruces, NM - On December 6, 2000, Going the Distance for MS Research will hold its first annual Tribute Dinner at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico will present the "DreamMaker Award" to three inspirational individuals who have reached beyond the boundaries in the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS). The recipients of the award will be
Frank A. DuBois, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture; Stephen Waxman, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research, Yale/New Haven Hospital; and Mike Bonney, Vice-President of Marketing and Sales for Biogen, Incorporated. About 400 guests are expected to attend the dinner.
Earlier this year, New Mexico farmers and ranchers raised over $6,000 for Going the Distance. Founder, Nick Irons, began his five-month, 10,000-mile trek around the perimeter of the country on April 3, 2000, to raise money for multiple sclerosis. Irons concluded his bicycle tour as he rode into Washington, D.C., on August 29, 2000.
His father, Dr. John Irons, has lived with the disease for more than 20 years. Iron's devotion to his father has given him the incentive to raise $3 million for MS research.
On May 17, 2000, Secretary DuBois and Nick Irons were honored at the Livestock Auction in Deming, New Mexico. The Mayor's office presented DuBois and Irons with a proclamation declaring May 17th, as "Frank A. DuBois-Nick Irons Day" in Deming. "I am proud to present the award to someone from the state of New Mexico. During my ride around the perimeter of the United States this summer, I rode through more than 30 states, but few were more memorable, more generous, and more enjoyable than New Mexico," says Irons.
DuBois was diagnosed with MS in 1990, two years after his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture. DuBois continues to battle the disease which affects approximately 350,000 Americans each year. His involvement with Going the Distance is not only a personal mission, but a national quest to raise money for MS research that could save thousands of lives. "I'm honored to receive the DreamMaker Award and will continue to support the fight against multiple sclerosis. There's just something profound about taking part in a good cause that could make a difference tomorrow," says DuBois.
DuBois is a New Mexican from a ranching family near Corona. Throughout his career, he has been a key player and strong supporter of the New Mexico agricultural industry and rodeo athletics. DuBois participated in many rodeo competitions for years and won numerous prizes, even after his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. He eventually retired from the sport in 1998.
As an active leader, DuBois served as president of the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association for two years and president of Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture for one year. He is the creator of Rounder's Award which annually honors those who "live, promote, or articulate the western way of life." The DreamMaker award is his most recent achievement.
DuBois has received many awards for his perpetual involvement in the agriculture and livestock industry. Most recent awards include the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau's "Distinguished Service to Agriculture" in 1994, Progressive Farmer's "Southwest Man of the Year" in 1995, New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association's "Cattleman of the Year" in 1995, and the New Mexico CowBelle's "Man of the Year" in 2000. The "DreamMaker award will mark his most recent achievement. Irons adds, "We are honored to present the first annual DreamMaker award to Frank DuBois. He inspires us all to live full, productive, and happy lives no matter what our circumstances."
DuBois lives south of Las Cruces with his wife, Sharon. They have two grown children, Sevon Nicole and Frank Austin, and a 2-year old granddaughter named Jayce.
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