Don Imus puts New Mexico Cancer Kids ranch on sale for $32M The WABC radio and Fox Business News personality has owned the ranch since 1998 and has hosted free visits for children each summer, but says the high altitude has made it difficult for him to breathe there. BY David Hinckley NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 5:34 AM A A A Richard Drew/AP Radio personality Don Imus has put his New Mexico ranch, which lies more than 6,000 above sea level outside Ribera, on the market for $32 million. Radio host Don Imus has put his New Mexico Cancer Kids ranch on the market for $32 million — so he can catch his breath. The WABC radio and Fox Business News morning personality said this summer he couldn't return to the ranch, which he and his wife Deirdre opened in 1998, because the altitude makes it impossible for him to breathe there. The ranch is just outside Ribera, which is more than 6,000 feet above sea level. It's a working cattle ranch and the Imuses have hosted free nine-day visits for children who have cancer or had lost siblings to SIDS every summer since it opened, The guests work at the ranch and the mission, Imus has always said, was to "treat them like every other kid and show they can do what every other kid can do." That often included, he said, being as cranky with them as he is with the rest of the world. More than 2,000 children came to the ranch over the years. Imus spent most of his own summers on the premises, working with the guests while doing his radio/TV show from a studio on the premises. The ranch sits on about 2,400 acres, 45 miles east of Santa Fe. Soon after its construction, which was partly financed through donations solicited by Imus, it was featured in Architectural Digest. Jeff Geissler/AP Tthe sprawling Imus Ranch, where children with cancer and other illnesses get a taste of the cowboy life each summer. According to the listing just posted through realtor Craig Huitfeldt, it has 28 bedrooms and 34 bathrooms in 11 buildings, as well as barns and greenhouses. It has been free of pesticides and toxic products, a campaign spearheaded by Deirdre Imus. Despite raising cattle, the Imuses have also kept the ranch vegetarian. Deirdre compiled a cookbook of its meat-free recipes. Imus told the Santa Fe New Mexican Monday that he hopes the buyer will continue to operate the ranch as something "that will benefit kids." He said his proceeds from the sale will go to unspecified 501(c) charitable organizations. The ranch is equipped with medical facilities and other accommodations for the guests, making it an expensive operation. ANDREA RENAULT/ANDREA RENAULT/GLOBE PHOTOS Imus and wife Deirdre bought the ranch in 1998. The pair have bought another property in Brenham, Tex. Imus has funded its expenses through a variety of sources, including corporate donations and his annual radiothon. He has also sold ranch-branded food products. His current radio contract expires in Dec. 2015, at which point he will be 75, and he has not announced whether he will sign another extension. He has had several health issues, including prostate cancer in 2009 and respiratory problems. Imus was raised in the Southwest and said some years ago he expected he would ultimately return there. He and Deirdre bought a ranch last year in Brenham, Tex., which is closer to sea level. At the same time they sold their home in Westport, Conn., for $14.4 million. He maintains an apartment in New York, not far from the studio where he does the radio and TV show.