NM farming and ranching community raises over $6000 for Multiple Sclerosis research
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
News Release Contact: Ricardo Rel
May 17, 2000
Las Cruces - New Mexico farmers and ranchers raised over $6,000 for "Going the Distance" - a campaign to fight Multiple Sclerosis. On May 17, 2000,
Secretary of Agriculture DuBois and Nick Irons were honored at the Deming Livestock Auction in Deming, New Mexico. The Mayors office presented DuBois and Irons with a proclamation proclaiming May 17, 2000, as Frank A. DuBois-Nick Irons day in Deming. Many farmers, ranchers, and local business people appeared at the event and bid on a calf that was donated by the Hyatt and Hyatt Ranch in the Deming area. DuBois thanked the City of Deming and the farm and ranch community for making the donation to "Going the Distance," the foundation established by Irons to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis.
On April 3, 2000, Nick Irons began pedaling the first leg of a five month 10,000 mile trek, around the perimeter of the country to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis - a disease his father, Dr. John Irons has lived with for more than 20 years. Irons' goal is to raise $3 million for MS research.
DuBois was appointed Secretary of Agriculture in 1988 and was diagnosed
with Multiple Sclerosis in 1990. DuBois has battled the disease which
afflicts 350,000 Americans every year. DuBois said, "It's nice to
see that someone like Nick Irons has taken the challenge to raise funds
to find a cure for MS, it is very uplifting for someone with this disease."
Irons stated that the City of Deming has likely raised more dollars per
capita than the other cities he has traveled.