Cyclists biked between 30 and 170 miles across three South Florida counties throughout today to raise funds to support cancer research and treatment for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami through the Dolphins Cycling Challenge. This major community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
On the first day of the ride, cyclists participated in a 100-mile-long “Century Ride” from Downtown Miami to West Palm Beach where cyclists enjoyed an end-of-the-ride celebration at City Place. The second day will feature two options for participants: a 70-mile ride from City Place in West Palm Beach to Sun Life Stadium or a 30-mile ride from Ft. Lauderdale to Sun Life Stadium. For child and pre-teen riders, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge offered various courses set-up on the grounds of Sun Life Stadium.
In honor of Miami Dolphins alum and radio voice Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich, the Dolphins team was named “Team Mad Dog.” Mandich is currently being treated at Sylvester and will be joined on “Team Mad Dog” by Dolphins executives and alumni including CEO Mike Dee, VP and Dolphins great Nat Moore along with Zach Thomas and other distinguished alumni. Mandich cut the ceremonial ribbon this morning at Sun Life Stadium to lead cyclists on day one of the festivities.
Participants included members of the Miami Dolphins Special Teams a unique volunteer organization created to enlist and mobilize the ongoing services of the community with Miami Dolphins staff, players and alumni. Those that participated were grateful to everyone involved for creating a special day for everyone involved.
“I am a throat cancer survivor because of Sylvester Cancer Clinic,” said Andy Weisenborn. “I was treated for a rare form of throat cancer. I received the best of care and this was my first opportunity to represent to acknowledge my survivorship. It was important for me to be here today. It is amazing that the Dolphins community would take the time and spend the money and effort to put together an event like this to bring much needed funds for research so hopefully one day we can end cancer.”
“I came out to support this event because I am a recent cancer survivor, added Sonia Ryan-Brown. “ I was diagnosed in January of 2010. I recently had a lumpectomy surgery done. Today was great and I encourage everyone to continue to take part. It is important to raise awareness about other cancer survivors and to spread the word that is important for people need to get tested early.”