The NFL’s No. 1 fundraising event draws its largest-ever turnout
By Richard Westlund
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Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., center, joined riders raising millions for cancer research
nder sunny skies, 5,641 cyclists, runners, walkers, and volunteers collectively raised more than $10 million at the 13th annual Dolphins Challenge Cancer (DCC XIII) on February 25 to support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. It was a record-setting day as cancer survivors, family members, and friends honored loved ones lost to the deadly disease while supporting leading-edge research that offers hope for the future.
“I want to thank the Miami Dolphins and everyone in this incredible community who participated in DCC XIII,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester, Oscar de la Renta Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, and executive dean for research at the Miller School. “Thirteen years ago, no one could have predicted that this event would resonate so much with our community and bring such immense benefit to Sylvester. Together, we have built world-leading research teams that are making enormous advances in the prevention and treatment of many cancers.”
DCC XIII featured a 100-mile ride — which included Dr. Nimer and Stuart Miller, a member and past chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and chair of the UHealth Board of Directors — as well as a 55-mile ride, a 35-mile ride, a 15-mile ride, and a 5K run/walk, followed by a family-friendly festival with music, food and beverages, and children’s play activities.
As the NFL’s largest fundraising event, DCC XIII surpassed last year’s totals of 4,484 participants and $8.4 million in funds, 100% of which are donated to Sylvester, the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in South Florida. The Dolphins have now raised more than $64 million of a $75 million commitment toward the common goal of challenging cancer and supporting those impacted by cancer. As Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman, president, and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, said at the start of the 15-mile cycling event, “You don’t have to have cancer to fight cancer.”
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