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About the Lobo Cancer Challenge

UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center facility at sunset

UNM Comprehensive
Cancer Center continues to
safely deliver cancer care
during COVID-19 pandemic

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 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.

More than 370 volunteers gave generously of their time and energy over the first three years to make the annual events a success.

The 2020 Lobo Cancer Challenge was a virtual event held on September 19, 2020.

Challengers were 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 a new vendor to provide the fundraising software, Challengers enjoyed mobile-friendly registrations and their own fundraising pages that enabled them to provide incentives and milestones to motivate their donors. Challengers brought a spirit of fun to their Challenges and more than rose to the occasion.

The 4th annual Lobo Cancer Challenge drew more participants than ever, 523, exceeding expectations once again! This community is an amazing and caring group that brought together their inspiration and enthusiasm in shared effort as they took up the Challenge. In the words of the T-shirt worn by the Rule family, we did it for those we love.

Even apart, we #UniteAgainstCancer!