Citing his poor health and "other issues," Don Imus and his wife, Deirdre Coleman, have placed their sprawling New Mexico ranch on the market for $32 million.
For the last 16 years, the 2,400-acre site has been the home of the Imus Ranch children's charity, a working cattle ranch that provides kids with cancer (or those who have lost siblings to SIDS) an opportunity to experience the life of the American cowboy. The mission of the organization is show kids that they are not defined by their disease and can do anything any other kids can. To that end, children put in a full day's work over their week-long stay with activities that build self-esteem and confidence, including cleaning stalls, watering plants and feeding ranch animals.
"That was part of our motivation to bring them out here and give them an opportunity to restore their dignity and their self-esteem, by proving — by letting them prove to themselves that they can do anything any other kid can do and not to let somebody tell them that they can't," Imus told Sean Hannity in 2009.
In an interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican, Imus says he's hopeful that the new owner can carry on the mission he started. "It’s a fabulous facility," he said. “We hope it lives on as something to benefit kids.”
According to the listing, the property includes living quarters in 11 structures, with an additional 35,000 square feet of space in barns, garages, greenhouses and sheds. The Imus family is also proud of the fact that the ranch is "environmentally pure," with no "pesticides or synthetic chemicals of any kind used in the gardens, greenhouses, or farming."
Without going into specifics, Imus has stated that proceeds from the sale of the ranch will benefit 501(c) charitable organizations.
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