This week, Lobos have the chance to support UNM student-athlete Nehemiah Cionelo with his Footsteps for Families fundraiser.

The charity event allows individuals to fundraise donations by running and/or walking and is being held in collaboration with the Native Health Initiative (NHI).

Footsteps for Families is happening Saturday, July 18. The hope is to walk 1,000 miles and raise $10,000 to help support New Mexican families who are suffering from the economic effects of COVID-19. Participants will run/walk from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the event, logging as many miles as they can.

Four ways to support Footsteps for Families

  1. Donate back-to-school supplies by dropping them off at
    – UNM's Johnson Field on July 18 from 7 to 9 a.m.
    – The Native Health Initiative office from 3 to 5 p.m. the next three Thursdays. 
  2. Log the miles you and your family do on July 18 using this form:
  3. Make a tax-deductible contribution here:
  4. Recruit others to make a donation. If you recruit 5 people to sponsor your effort (for example, $1 per mile), earn an exclusive Footsteps for Families t-shirt.

All donations will go to the Native Health Initiative’s Loving Service Support fund and are tax deductible. Participants’ miles will be logged via Strava and/or NHI’s online log sheet.

For any further questions, please feel free to contact Nehemiah Cionelo at (505)-910-6394 or Read more on the event Facebook page