Miami Dolphins raise over $22M for cancer research

DCC presents NFL's largest gift to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Miami Dolphins)

The Miami Dolphins' Dolphins Cancer Challenge VII raised $6,000,157 for innovative cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the team announced Sunday.

This brings the event’s seven-year total to over $22.5 million.

“We are proud of what we accomplished this year in raising a record amount of funds for innovative cancer research at Sylvester,” DCC Chair and Vice Chairman of Rialto Capital Management Eric Feder said. “The DCC’s commitment to fighting all types of cancers is truly remarkable, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference in DCC VIII.”

The Dolphins started the challenge in 2010 as the signature initiative of the team's health pillar and is dedicated to improving people's lives through the financial support of Sylvester's innovative cancer research, the organization said.

The DCC gifted the largest single donation an NFL franchise has presented to a charity at halftime during the the Dolphins' home opener against the Tennessee Titans, according to the organization. The halftime presentation featured 100 yards of Cancer Survivors in support of cancer research. After the check presentation, 40 cancer survivors and doctors from Sylvester took part in a “We Are Cancer Fighters” card tribute.

The$22.5 million has gone to fund research that leads to more effective targeted therapies for cancer patients, including:

  • Precision medicine
  • Immunotherapies
  • Clinical trials
  • Radiation oncology research
  • Cancer diagnostics

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