Dolphins Cycling Challenge Donates $3.1 Million to Tackle Cancer

Executives from the Dolphins Cycling Challenge presented Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a check for $3.1 million to tackle cancer.

Launched in 2010 as a partnership between Sylvester and the Miami Dolphins, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) is a two-day, tri-county cycling event, from which 100 percent of rider-raised funds are donated to Sylvester. The check presented to Nimer on March 12 represented the donation from DCC IV, held November 2-3, 2013. To date, DCC riders have raised nearly $7 million.

“This is a very special moment for all of us on the Dolphins side,” said Richard Berkowitz, CEO of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, a founding board member of the DCC and its newly elected chairman. “We’re so happy to be able to present this money to support the tremendous work Sylvester does to make this community be a better fighter against cancer.”

Representatives of the DCC joining Berkowitz at the presentation included Tom Garfinkel, Miami Dolphins president & CEO; Michael Mandich, DCC CEO; Stuart Miller, DCC chairman emeritus and CEO of cornerstone sponsor Lennar Corporation, and a UM trustee; and Marshall Ames, president of the Lennar Foundation.

“The DCC has been a great partnership, and we’re delighted to be part of it,” said Nimer. “We’re working very hard to be the best possible cancer center. The support of the community and the resources that the DCC provides Sylvester allow us to serve our community as the region’s only academic cancer center. As the ride continues to grow, so will Sylvester’s capability to provide lifesaving research and clinical care.”

Nimer was joined by Joe Natoli, Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Miller School and UHealth, and UM Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Sylvester’s Chief Medical Officer.

DCC officials had announced earlier that the dates of the ride are being moved permanently from November to February, when it will be held the weekend after the Super Bowl. DCC V will take place February 7-8, 2015. It was announced at the check presentation that AutoNation has joined Lennar Corporation as a DCC cornerstone partner.

“The future for the DCC and Sylvester is very bright,” said Michael Mandich, CEO of the DCC. “The new date allows us to ensure a stadium finish for both days, plan new activities during 2014 and receive additional support from the Miami Dolphins for this important event for cancer research. With a new date and another cornerstone partner, we look forward to continued growth in our efforts to raise money to fight cancer.”

Registration for DCC V opens May 1. Additional information is available here.

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