The Miami Dolphins are making a transformational gift to improving the lives of those impacted by cancer in South Florida with a $75 million commitment to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System and South Florida’s only NCI-designated cancer center. What began as the Dolphins Cycling Challenge in 2010 will now enter its 11th year with a bold, new resolution: a 100 percent year-round promise to support life-saving cancer research. While the mission remains the same, the organization is taking a ‘one team, one fight’ mentality that will now be known as Dolphins Challenge Cancer (DCC).
“It is an honor to serve my second year as Chair of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, particularly during this momentous occasion,” said Dr. Jacqueline A. Travisano, EVP and COO of the University of Miami. “This announcement is a true testament to the power of our South Florida community coming together to fund cancer research. The fight against cancer is deeply personal to many, including me. It is only through dedicated teamwork, such as the extraordinary partnership between Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miami Dolphins, that we can succeed in ending cancer.” The shift to ‘challenge cancer’ takes the organization beyond a single event to align closer to Sylvester’s mission. As the Dolphins Challenge Cancer, the organization will now become a collective movement providing hope to families and friends, coworkers, and neighbors who have been affected by cancer. The DCC is passionately invested in more than 300 doctors and researchers that work to find the cure for your cancer. Beyond looking for just a cure, the research that Sylvester generates also addresses disparities in care for minority communities; supports medically-underserved populations; identifies ways to reduce risks for firefighters and other first responders; and promotes preventative care habits, among its many initiatives. To date, the DCC’s annual event has raised more than $39 million for Sylvester. As a comprehensive annual campaign, the organization will raise funds year-round in addition to its signature cycling event. These funds will be allocated to support more than 300 active clinical trials, survivorship programs; and advance the research of innovative cancer treatments such as immunotherapy.