The Miami Dolphins help give the largest contribution in their franchise’s history through their Dolphins Cancer Challenge.
The United States is the best nation in the world. Why not give to the second best nation? Donation.
Cancer, the 21st Century Death Sentence
At this instance, cancer is such a deadly disease that can take anyone at random. Cancer has no favorites. It can claim mothers, brothers, loved ones, enemies and family members. That’s why the Miami Dolphins decided to help become a part of the solution. When the Dolphins started the Dolphins Cancer Challenge it became a symbol of hope. It stands for knowing that one day we can find a cure to this deadly disease.
With this intention, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge started as the franchise’s health pillar six years ago. It partially started because of former Dolphin Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich. The legend battled with bile-duct cancer before passing in 2011.
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge is significant in impacting the community. Who would’ve imagined it would reach the heights that it’s at today?
Becoming Part of the Solution
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge raised exactly $5,064,381 for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The program’s six-year total is well over $16 million dollars.
“Cancer impacts us all and we at the Miami Dolphins are committed to fighting this disease at every turn. With the expansion of this year’s Dolphins Cancer Challenge to include two new Fall Family Fests, a concert and golf tournament, we were able to give Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center our biggest donation yet in our fight against cancer” said Miami Dolphins President & CEO and Dolphins Cancer Challenge Chair Tom Garfinkel.
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge began in 2010. Ever since the beginning, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge is vigilant in helping improving people’s lives through cancer research. In order to help find a cure, the Dolphins have been aggressive in giving financial support towards cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A Group Effort
What’s so awesome about the Dolphins Cancer Challenge is that they enlist in the community to help out. The Dolphins organize a host of events including a bike ride, concerts, fishing trips, golf tournaments and family fests in order to help raise the funds. Athletes and fans join together for one greater cause.
“We are so grateful to the Dolphins organization and to every rider, walker, runner, and fundraiser for continuing to support groundbreaking cancer research at Sylvester,” Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., said. “On behalf of our team of more than 250 cancer specialists and researchers at Sylvester – and our cancer patients and their families – thank you! It is a truly remarkable achievement as every dollar raised has a tangible impact on cancer research and advancing precision cancer care at Sylvester.”
As a result, the Dolphins funds support innovative research. They go towards helping retain the best talent in cancer research. The funds also go to help to develop cutting-edge technology to find a cure.
The proceeds of the $16 million went to these research methods:
- Precision medicine – Discovering, developing and delivering the next generation of precision cancer medicine.
- Immunotherapies – Investing in immunotherapies that boost the patient’s own immune system to attack and eradicate cancer cells.
- Clinical trials – Offering the latest clinical cancer trials to patients, to receive the new therapies targeting their particular cancers.
- Radiation oncology research: Developing new ways to deliver radiation therapy in different cancers. Concentrating the dosage on cancer cells and leaving healthy tissue unaffected.
- Cancer diagnostics – Investing in the newest technologies and best talent to better understand each individual’s cancer and its genetic drivers.