Miami Dolphins players Matt Darr and Jason Fox, along with Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization member Stephanie Hickey, cheerleaders Jess and Jessica and mascot TD, in honor of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, visited patients, family and staff at alex’s place – Sylvester’s pediatric oncology clinic as well as the Comprehensive Treatment Unit (CTU).
“It’s a great experience for the kids. The concept of alex’s place is to have an environment where kids really feel they are not in the hospital — they’re in a place where it is welcoming and in some sense it’s fun,” alex’s place Director of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Dr. Julio Barredo said. “To have the Dolphins here adds to that environment and some normalcy to their day.”
The Dolphins spent time visiting with the patients and brought plenty of Miami Dolphins plush toys, socks, scarfs, footballs, pennants and coloring books to share.
“These people that are here getting treatment are stronger than your average fan. This is awesome of us to come in and be positive, add some light into their life. They have a really big struggle in what they are experiencing and these kids are the true heroes. They have cancer and literally every day is a blessing to them,” Darr said.
The visit came in advance of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge hosting its second Fall Family Fest this Sunday at the University of Miami. Children ages 3-16 will be able to participate in a kids ride in a road-supervised, safe location with their families. The event will include activities for the entire family, including a kids zone with bounce houses, animal exhibit, face painting, food trucks, an adult beer garden, Dolphins Youth Program activities and other entertainment. Attendees can also watch the Dolphins play the Philadelphia Eagles. Registration ($15 fee) is still open for children interested in participating. Learn more at DolphinsCancerChallenge.com