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About the Lobo Cancer Challenge

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UNM Comprehensive
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In just three short years, the Lobo Cancer Challenge community has raised $689,618 to fight cancer in New Mexico! 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.

ONE HUNDRED PERCENT 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 last three years to make the annual events a success.

How does a Virtual Lobo Cancer Challenge work? 

We may not all be together in person on Saturday, September 19th, but we are certainly all together in spirit. We #UniteAgainstCancer to support cancer patients here in New Mexico.

We plan on creating a fun and interactive 2020 Lobo Cancer Challenge, keeping several of the same perks as in years past, along with new ideas and support. Incentives include an official 2020 Lobo Cancer Challenge hoodie or bike jersey for raising $1,000, and recognition of the Top Three Fundraising Teams and Individuals.

We are asking a suggested fundraising pledge of $100 instead of a fundraising minimum. The registration fee of $40 includes an official 2020 Lobo Cancer Challenge T-shirt and dedication bib, and helps to cover the cost of the event.

Ride, walk or run — or set your own Challenge!

Because we must hold the event virtually this year due to the pandemic, you can choose any challenge you like. You can, of course, set yourself a similar Challenge as in previous years — bike, run, or walk — or you could swim, hike or jump rope. You can also do other things. Choose an activity that challenges you and makes you happy! Let us know what you decide to do — we’d love to share your idea!

First step: Sign up!

Register as an individual or join a team. You’ll be set up with your own Fundraising Page right away!

Tell me about my Fundraising Page

You’ll have your own web page,, that you can share with others and where you may accept donations online or by mobile device! Customize it with your own photo or story, or use what we’ve prepared for you. Log in to the site where you may view your page and change the settings such as your custom page link, or use the dashboard to manage your fundraising. A fun idea is to offer incentives to your donors— one Challenger has already made their long hair part of their incentives for donations!


We’ve collected Fundraising Tips, Tools & Ideas to help with your fundraising. It’s a great place to start!

Watch your email

We will be sending useful information on fundraising ideas and event details.

Have fun as you complete your Challenge and engage your donors

We encourage you to have fun and challenge yourself for the 2020 Lobo Cancer Challenge. Please take photos or videos of yourself and share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’d love you to share your training progress. We understand some Challenges may need to be completed ahead of the date.

We will all complete our challenges on Saturday, September 19th. Make sure to use the hashtags #LoboCancerChallenge and #UniteAgainstCancer (and you may also @LoboCancerChallenge on Facebook and Instagram).

Let’s #UniteAgainstCancer!

When you support the Lobo Cancer Challenge, all the fundraising dollars stay right here, to help people in our community and our state. Thanks to our generous sponsors, 100% of the funds raised by participants in the Challenge go directly to support cancer patient care, research, community outreach, and education and training at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Support world-class cancer care in New Mexico

This fundraising event helps us to deliver the best cancer care in the world. We are deeply grateful to our community for their tremendous support in helping all New Mexicans facing cancer. The UNM Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center in our state (and region) designated by the National Cancer Institute, in the top 3% of the nation's elite cancer centers.


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