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Tackling Cancer One Mile at a Time


“Why cancer and cancer research? Cancer impacts everyone,” said Mike Dee, Miami Dolphins CEO, at a news


conference to announce the inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge last fall. “It’s not just a Dolphins battle. It’s not just a Sylvester battle. It is not just a South Florida battle. It’s our collective battle.” Because cancer deeply affects so many lives, the Miami Dolphins


Foundation teamed up with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to create the Dolphins Cycling Challenge—a two-day, 170- mile ride throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.


The inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge raised more than $500,000 for cancer research and care at Sylvester.


Jim Mandich, right, cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the start of the 2010 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.


At the time, former Dolphins tight end and the team’s longtime radio announcer Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich was battling bile duct cancer and receiving care at Sylvester. Mandich served as grand marshal of the inaugural ride, where Dolphins executives and alumni banded together to form “Team Mad Dog” in his honor. Dee had the original idea for the DCC, which attracted more than 400 riders and raised an impressive $533,106 in its inaugural year—resulting in the most successful first-time fundraising event in Sylvester’s history. All of the funds were donated to Sylvester to further research and treatment for patients across South Florida and beyond. Team Sylvester was comprised of 31 cyclists, including Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal Goldschmidt, M.D., and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Sylvester/UMHC chief medical officer, who rode a remarkable 170 miles. continues on page 14


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