DCC VI takes place Saturday and will offer six different rides for bicycle enthusiasts along with the 5K Walk/Run, and then there will be the volunteers and those donate by being a virtual rider.
The event this year will close with a concert celebration presented by Pepsi with Grammy Award winners and cancer survivors Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge. The concert on the Hard Rock stage will be free for all DCC participants and available to anyone who buys a ticket by going to DolphinsCancerChallenge.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the stadium on Saturday.
“We’ve designed it so somebody can’t say no,” said DCC CEO Michael Mandich. “You don’t have a bike? Well, you can run or walk. Or you can’t make it on that day? You can be a virtual rider or you can simply donate to a friend or family member or individual who is participating. Because what remains the same is that 100 percent of every dollar we raise will go to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.”
The DCC has raised more than $11 million since it began in 2010.
“The money that we raise goes towards research that really does change people’s lives,” said Dolphins President/CEO and DCC VI Chair Tom Garfinkel. “You can fight cancer just by showing up and watching a concert. You can be a cancer fighter by riding. You can be a cancer fighter by doing the 5K Walk/Run. You can be a cancer fighter by volunteering. So it’s really all about raising money to fight cancer. I like to tell people you don’t have to have cancer to fight cancer. Cancer has affected everybody’s lives in one way or another. It’s certainly affected mine with people that I love. It’s just a really important thing. It’s a big day of the year.”
All rides will end at the stadium, including one that also will start there at 6:30 a.m. Garfinkel said he would be doing the 35-mile bike ride from the BankUnited Center. Dolphins Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum and his wife also will be riding their bikes.
“You don’t have to have a road bike and ride 50 miles a week and look like Greg LeMond out there to get out there. It’s just a bunch of people out there having fun, going for a ride. It’s safe. All the roads are blocked off. You don’t have to worry about cars. It should be a beautiful day, great weather and a beautiful ride. To be able to do that with no cars and that kind of thing is really a lot of fun.”
Garfinkel and Tannenbaum will be on hand for the post-ride festivities, along with new Head Coach Adam Gase.
Garfinkel and Tannenbaum also will be there for the kickoff party at the stadium, along with Dan Marino and Dolphins players. The party, which goes from 5-8 p.m., is open to participants and their family and friends and will feature DJs and activities for children.
There also will be a 30-minute live TV broadcast on the event on CBS-4.
“It is hard to believe we’re entering our sixth DCC,” Mandich said. “A few changes this year as we’ve moved from Dolphins Cycling Challenge to the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, but nonetheless the mission really doesn’t change.
“We’ve consolidated into one day, except we put three times as much into one day as we’ve had in two days. Starting with six cycling routes and a 5K that’s exploded in popularity. We’ll have nearly 1,200 people just doing the 5K; over 3,200 participants in total. They’ll all finish at the AutoNation Finish Line. Really, the idea is that it’s a massive party with a concert hosted by some awesome performers in Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge presented by Pepsi.”
She said she hasn’t sung on the same stage with Crow since the two battled cancer, and that makes it just one reason why she’s been looking forward to the concert.
“When they approached me, I said, this is perfect because I’m 11 years cancer-free and it’s been about health, about staying active, so I like an event that has pysical activity attached to it and that is healthy and moves forward,” Etheridge said during an interview with The Finsiders. “I think that’s a big part of cancer prevention, so I love that I’m going to be playing at the finish line of this thing. There’s going to be people who have been touched by this that I can aspire. We can talk about taking our health back into our own hands and really learning how to live a healthy, vibrant life. This is a perfect event for that.”
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) was founded in 2010 by the Miami Dolphins organization as the signature initiative of the Foundation’s health pillar.
The DCC’s mission is to improve people’s lives through financial support for innovative cancer research at South Florida’s only academic-based cancer center — Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.