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Frequently Asked Questions


Registration & Fundraising

What are the registration fees and fundraising commitments?
 • 25 mile bike ride: Reg. fee: $50, Suggested Fundraising Minimum $100
 • 50 mile bike ride: Reg. fee: $50, Suggested Fundraising Minimum $100
 • 5K Run/Walk: Reg. fee: $40, Suggested Fundraising Minimum $100
 • Stair Challenge: Reg. fee: $40, Suggested Fundraising Minimum $100
 • Cub Pack 1K for ages 1-10: Reg. fee: $25, Suggested Fundraising Minimum $50

What do I get for my registration fee?
Registration includes logistical and safety support the day of the event, your route‘s finish line celebration, snacks, an official Lobo Cancer Challenge T-shirt and more! All registration fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Do participants have a fundraising commitment?
No. Each participant has a suggested fundraising minimum of $100, but don’t stop there. Raise more for the program of your choice and win great incentives in the process. We welcome over-achievement!

Please visit our Fundraising Incentives page to learn what you can earn by raising more than your minimum.

What do my fundraising dollars support?
As a registered participant, you can choose a program in cancer research, patient care, community outreach, or education and training for medical professionals at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. 100% of your donation dollars go to your program of choice.

Does my registration fee count toward my fundraising commitment?
No. The registration fee covers a portion of the cost for a great experience on your route. Beyond that, our generous sponsors cover the remaining costs to produce the event, so that 100% of every dollar you raise goes directly to advanced research and world-class patient care at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

What kind of incentives do you offer for fundraising?
Individuals who raise at least $1,000 by midnight, September 30, 2024, will receive an official bike jersey (for bike riders) or official Lobo Cancer Challenge Gear (for 5K and stair challenge participants).

What is the deadline to hit my fundraising goal for incentives?
September 30, 2024 by 11:59 pm to win incentive items.

Do you offer recognition for top fundraisers?
Yes, the Top Three Fundraising Teams and the Top Three Fundraising Individuals will be recognized for their efforts! They will be announced at the Kickoff Celebration held prior to the Challenge event day. Only the amounts raised as of noon on Tuesday, September 24, 2024 count towards this recognition. Please visit our Fundraising Incentives page for details.

Why is there a suggested fundraising minimum?
The Lobo Cancer Challenge is a community fundraising event to provide money needed for patient services, patient clinical care and advanced cancer research at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Funds raised by the Lobo Cancer Challenge support areas of patient services, patient care and cancer research that are not supported by federal, state, and private funding. Some examples include transportation for patients to get to and from their appointments, overnight stays for patients and their families in Albuquerque, and pilot research projects that help our cancer scientists secure larger research grants.

How do I get started on my fundraising?
We’ve compiled guidelines, tips and ideas on our Fundraising Tips and Tools page to help you get started and get it done. First, customize your Fundraising Page (your online fundraising web page). You may customize this page as part of registration, or at anytime after by logging in. Then, tell all your friends and family about your commitment to the Lobo Cancer Challenge!

Do I need a credit card to participate?
Yes. Your credit card is required at registration to pay your non-refundable registration fee. Register here.

Can I change my route after I register?
In general, routes cannot be changed. If you need to change your route after registering, please contact the Lobo Cancer Challenge staff directly at

Is my registration fee refundable if I’m unable to participate for any reason?
No. Your registration fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.

What if my plans change or if I get injured and can no longer participate in Lobo Cancer Challenge?
Please contact the Lobo Cancer Challenge staff directly at We do not allow any cancellations; however, please contact us if you are unable to participate in the event for which you registered.

If I cancel my participation, what happens to my donations?
All donations will stay with the Lobo Cancer Challenge and be used to further the success of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Can I roll over my registration fee and fundraising to next year if my plans change or if I get injured?
No. Registration fees and donations are non-transferable and non-refundable.

If you are unable to participate, send us an email at by August 17, 2024, 11:59 pm to help us in our planning for event day.

Is my registration and fundraising transferrable to others?
No. Your registration fee and all donations are non-transferrable and non-refundable.


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Donations (online, check or cash)

How do I donate online?
Donations can be made by credit card on our website. Select the "Donate" button at the top to take you to our Donation page, where you can search for your Challenger or Team. (Or, you may use the "Find a Challenger" feature at the top of every page to locate your Challenger or Team’s page.)

May I donate by check? Where do I send checks from my donors?
Make your check out to Lobo Cancer Challenge and be sure to include the name of the participant you are supporting on the MEMO line of the check.

If you do not include the participant’s name, your check will go to the General Research Fund, and your participant will not be credited with a donation.

Mail checks to:
UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
Attn: Development Office
4th Floor
1201 Camino de Salud, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Please contact us to set up a date and time at if you prefer to drop off your checks in person.

What do I do if a donor gives me cash?
Cash donations can only be accepted in person at the Lobo Cancer Challenge office. Please email us at to set up a date and time for drop-off.


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Donations - Tax Receipts

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations are 100 percent tax-deductible, but your registration fee is not tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor if you have any tax questions.

Will I receive a tax receipt?
Yes, all donations made payable to and received by Lobo Cancer Challenge will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes. If you donate online you will receive your tax receipt instantly via email — please keep it for your records. If you donate via check, the name and address appearing on the check will receive a thank you and tax acknowledgment. If you donate cash, we will send you a thank you and tax acknowledgement at the address you provide to us. If the Lobo Cancer Challenge does not receive a cash donation directly from the donor, we cannot provide a tax acknowledgement.

When will I receive my tax receipt?
Online donations are acknowledged immediately via email. Please keep this email for your tax purposes. Donations received via check or cash will be acknowledged via US mail no later than the end of January 2024.


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Matching Donations

Does your employer match gifts?
For us to process your employer’s matching gift, you must start by making your donation by check, not by credit card online. Please follow our process to make a donation by check instructions found here: Check or Cash Donations).

Then, please request matching funds for your check by contacting:
Arlene Armijo, Director of Development at or 505-272-4609;
or Leigh Rowland, Senior Director of Development at or 505-925-0471.


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