About the Lobo Cancer Challenge
This annual community fundraiser, launched in 2017, helps ensure access to world-class patient care and treatments based on the most advanced cancer research at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.
100% of the funds raised by our participants, called “Challengers,” go directly to the program they choose that means the most to them in the fight against cancer.
Our sponsors make this possible by generously covering costs of managing the Challenge. Together with our in-kind sponsors, who contribute amenities for the event, all of our sponsors provide an excellent experience for our Challenger community.
Why do we use the term “Challengers?” The participants accomplish their own Challenge and also challenge cancer together in their efforts. A community is formed in common purpose of honor, remembrance, empowerment and mutual support.
In 2020, the Lobo Cancer Challenge was held as a virtual event to meet the challenge of a global pandemic. 523 Challengers — more than ever — brought a spirit of fun to their Challenges and more than rose to the occasion. They climbed mountains; met in safe conditions to ride or walk with families, friends and colleagues; sold crafts and got creative! Challengers met in 61 teams from 20 states around the country! In the words of the T-shirt worn by the Rule family, “we did it for those we love.”
In 2019, 480 Challengers came together on the day of the event, held at Dreamstyle Stadium, home of the UNM Lobos, to ride a bike 25, 50 or 100 miles, or run or walk in a 5K as their Challenge.
Ever since the first Lobo Cancer Challenge in 2017 with 168 bike riders, the Challenge has grown in scope, participation and results.
More than 370 volunteers gave generously of their time and energy over the first three years to make the annual events a success.
The 2021 Lobo Cancer Challenge will be a virtual event again, to be held on September 25, 2021.
As in last year’s virtual Challenge, Challengers are encouraged to walk, run or bike ride the route they would have chosen for the in-person event from past years, or to get creative and design their own Challenge. With mobile-friendly registrations and their own fundraising pages, Challengers can provide their own incentives and milestones to motivate their donors.
We appreciate this community! This is an amazing and caring group that comes together to take up the Challenge and fight cancer together.
Even apart, we #UniteAgainstCancer!