UNM hosts Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico clinic

Isabel Gonzalez

Carlton Bragg recorded double-digits in assists while JaQuan Lyle worked on outrunning his opponents. Jerome Robinson was proud, but this had nothing to do with basketball training.
The assistant coach smiled as he described Lyle playing tag and other interactions he saw between the New Mexico men’s basketball players and the kids participating in the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico clinic. The men’s basketball team paired up with the spirit program to host the event on Monday at The Pit. Both groups of athletes taught the children a couple skills, but mostly tried to make it a fun day for everyone.

Robinson said the UNM staff was trying create awareness in the community as well as teach the Lobos that there is more important things than basketball. Cancer, he said, is something that affects a lot of people and is not easy to deal with for the patient or the families.
“It’s hard for anyone when someone in their family is diagnosed. My father went through it, my mom,” Robinson said. “Recently our niece went through it. She has a rare case of brain cancer. She went through all the radiation and is doing better now. It really brought awareness because she is so young and she’s so precious. My wife became very involved and brought me along for the ride.”
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so the event was good timing. However, the Lobo men’s basketball team is expecting to get more involved in the community with different causes. The staff has already gotten in contact with other organizations.
“We are just going to try to get more involved in the community and just continue to give back,” Robinson said. “That is the kind of message we want to give to our guys. When they graduate, that’s the kind of people we want them to be when they leave.”
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