Miami Dolphins Foundation to raise $75 million for cancer center

Miami Dolphins Foundation to raise $75 million for cancer center

The Miami Dolphins Foundation has announced a commitment to raise $75 million over the next ten years in support of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

To that end, the organization will expand its annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge event — which has raised more than $39.2 million since 2010 in support of cancer research and the development of new treatments — into a year-round campaign. The extended campaign, Dolphins Challenge Cancer, will help fund survivorship programs, more than three hundred active clinical trials, and research aimed at advancing innovative cancer treatments; in 2019, the center received National Cancer Institute designation. In recognition of the commitment, the University of Miami will name the Sylvester Courtyard in the organization's honor. 

"At a time when our country is facing economic and medical hardships, the health and well-being of the South Florida community, including those affected by cancer, remains a top area of focus for our community efforts," said Miami Dolphins vice chair and CEO Tom Garfinkel. "We continue to be inspired by the high-level research and patient care at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and are proud to expand our support."

"The University of Miami is grateful to the Miami Dolphins Foundation for its renewed commitment to this extraordinary South Florida tradition," said University of Miami president Julio Frenk. "The DCC has become a beacon of hope in South Florida. Together, we will continue to create a spirit of community around our cherished goal—giving patients the gift of life and freedom from the pain and suffering that comes from fighting cancer."

(Photo credit: University of Miami)