The Dolphins Cycling Challenge has more than doubled its contribution to the fight against cancer for the second year in a row.
The $2.2 million check presented to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center before Sunday’s Dolphins-Seahawks game at Sun Life Stadium was 100 percent of the funds raised by more than 2,000 cyclists that participated in the third running of the charity event on Nov. 3-4.
It was the largest single-event donation by a NFL team, according to the Dolphins.
The cycling challenge was inspired by former Dolphin Jim Mandich, who was battling bile duct cancer when the event debuted two years ago and died in April 2011. The fund-raising effort raised $533,000 in the inaugural ride, $1.07 million in 2011 and is on track to double that this year.
"The money raised by the DCC will directly help to save lives in South Florida,” said Mandich’s son Michael, CEO of the challenge. “Having experienced the devastation that cancer can wield it is great to know that we can rely on a first class Cancer Center in our own backyard.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will use these funds for research in the pursuit of finding a cure and without all of the dedicated riders, sponsors and volunteers this would not be possible.”
Sylvester is recognized as one of the top cancer research institutions in the country. It is on the cutting edge in finding a cure for cancer and developing new treatments for its patients. With the donation, the more than 250 doctors and scientists at Sylvester can continue to conduct research and expand cancer treatment in South Florida.
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, Plantation and Kendall. All Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center.
“The DCC is a wonderful gift to our community,” said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. “The Miami Dolphins are true champions in the fight against cancer, and we thank them for their partnership and extraordinary dedication to the people of South Florida.”
Additional sponsors of the charity event included Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer, Mack Cycle, South Florida Ford, Sun Life Financial, Publix, Alex’s Place, Giant Bicycles, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Harcourt M & Virginia W Sylvester Foundation, Stearns Weaver, Lennar and WFOR-CBS4.
For more information about the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, visit rideDCC.com.