Miami Marlins Run to Honor Workers and Benefit UM’s Multiple Sclerosis Center

On April 27, Miami Marlins President David Samson will embark on a 50-mile “Run to Honor the Workers” from Pompano Beach to Miami to commemorate the 5,000 construction workers who labored for three years to build the new Marlins Park and raise funds for 10 organizations, including the UM Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence.

Samson’s support team will include specialists from UHealth Sports Medicine, who last year gained national attention as the medical crew followed endurance swimmer Diana Nyad on her ill-fated attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. The division is the official medical and physical therapy team for the Miami Marlins.

Headed by UHealth Sports Medicine Chief Lee Kaplan, M.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, who is also medical director for the Marlins, the team includes Clifton Page, M.D.; Michael Letter, PA; Miguel Cobas, M.D., associate professor of clinical anesthesiology; David Ajibade, M.D., orthopaedics resident; Patricia Tedrick, PT; and Mike Mirando, PT.

“Having an experienced medical team for an event of this magnitude is imperative,” said Kaplan.

A $50,000 check will be presented to the UM Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence during UM’s Family Weekend with the Miami Marlins Friday evening.
Members of the University of Miami Hospital Emergency Department will also be on hand for the event.

Sampson will be joined by Daryl Eisenberg and his sisters, Tracy Nathanson and Allison Wallach. Eisenberg, who is representing the UM MS Center, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 16 years ago.

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