This afternoon about 45 minutes before kickoff between the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks, a check for $2.2 million was presented to the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer center. A total of 2,083 cyclists participated on the weekend of November 3-4 in a number of different rides ranging from a 30-mile ride on Sunday to a two-day, 170-mile ride through Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
“This is a project that truly does impact our entire community. I think that’s one reason I take such great pride in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge,” said Dolphins owner Steve Ross. “With the support of this incredible community, we’ve been able to raise more than three million dollars for cancer research and treatment over the last three years – research and treatment that will help save lives right here in South Florida. Reflecting upon these last past few years, it is remarkable to see what the DCC and its riders have accomplished in such a short period of time, and I’m proud and honored to be a part of this new South Florida tradition.”
Shortly after the press announcement in the Edwin Pope Press Box, a larger ceremony took place down on the field with Joe Rose serving as emcee. A large group of riders stood on the field as well during that ceremony as it was revealed that a total of $3,803,000 has been raised since the event’s inception. The first year a check for $533,000 was presented on the UM campus on behalf of 411 riders and then last year a total of 860 riders raised $1,070,000.
Former Dolphins tight end and radio voice Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich was the inspiration behind the ride as he battled bile duct cancer for 16 months. He lost the fight on April 26th, 2011, and his son, Michael, is now the CEO of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge. He, his mother Bonnie and brothers Mark and Nick have carried on the tradition on his memory with pride.
“The money raised by the DCC will directly help to save lives in South Florida, “ Michael Mandich said. “Having experienced the devastation that cancer can wield it is great to know that we can relay 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.”