Benefit Dinner Set for Roger Long Jr.

By Carlos Padilla


The family of Roger Long Jr., is blessed. They are banding together in the face of a formidable foe – stage 4 colon cancer – and, in addition, learning just how much they mean to one another.

And while most would shrink back from this challenge, Roger’s loved ones have adopted a matter-of-fact attitude, and are looking realistically at what lies ahead.

A benefit dinner has been set for Friday, Aug. 29, at the Truth or Consequences Moose Family Center, located near the intersection of East Smith and North Date streets.

Last July, Roger was diagnosed with colon cancer, and spent a considerable amount of time in the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque in what he describes candidly as being a time when he was “in a lot of pain.”

Roger’s family revealed that the medical professionals “can’t do much more” regarding his fight against cancer, stating that his medical treatment in Albuquerque has all but been exhausted.

In addition to his fight against cancer, several months ago, Roger took a fall that resulted in a broken tailbone, which has translated to Roger depending upon a wheelchair for mobility.

The funds raised at the upcoming benefit dinner will go toward purchasing a wheelchair, building a wheelchair-accessible porch as well as altering the interior of his home, and to purchase an adjustable hospital bed.

The Aug. 29 fundraiser will encompass an enchilada dinner, beans, salad and dessert included at $8 per plate. Tickets may be purchased at The Herald before the event or at the door for the same price on the day of the fundraiser.

Roger’s wife, Deresa, and the rest of his loved ones thank everyone who has helped them thus far, including the Women of the Moose.

The enchilada dinner will be held Friday, Aug. 29, 5-7 p.m., at the Moose Family Center.


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