In what may be the biggest achievement of this Miami Dolphins season, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge raised $1,070,000 for charity last month.
A check for that amount will be presented to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center during a ceremony before Sunday’s Dolphins-Raiders game at Sun Life Stadium. The amount is one of the largest gifts ever to Sylvester from a single event and represents 100 per cent of net proceeds raised by more than 860 cyclists.
More than 160 children and 21 cancer survivors participated in the second year of the cycling event. Twenty former Dolphins were among the riders, including Zach Thomas and Bob Griese.
“We are very grateful for the incredible support of our fans and friends who rode and for all of those who volunteered, donated or sponsored the challenge," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. "The community has embraced this young event early on in a significant way so we're optimistic that in a matter of years it will rival some of the largest charity cycling events in the country and raise multi-millions for cancer research and treatment right here in South Florida."
The two-day event featured six different bicycle rides from 30 to 170 miles that went through 37 cities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Last year's inaugural ride had 311 adult riders, 100 kids and raised $533,000.
Sylvester is recognized as one of the top cancer research institutions in the country. Sylvester handles approximately 1,300 inpatient admissions, performs approximately 2,500 surgical procedures, and treats more than 4,400 new cancer patients annually with locations in Miami, Deerfield Beach, and Kendall.
Other sponsors of Dolphins Cycling Challenge were: Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer, Mack Cycles and Ford as well as Sun Life Financial, Publix, Downtown Bicycles, Giant Bicycles, Contender, Conchy Joe’s, Stearns Weaver, FedEx and WFOR-CBS4.
For more information about participating next year, visit www.RideDCC.com.