Dolphins Cancer Challenge Presents $8.4 Million Check

During an NFL game, the funds were presented to Sylvester Cancer Center on the field during halftime.

Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Stephen Nimer, M.D., Dr. CEO of the Miami Dolphins organization, Tom Garfinkel

In a celebration of community fundraising, The Dolphins Challenge Cancer presented Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center with an $8.4 million check during the NFL’s Crucial Catch game between the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 16th. The funds presented on the field of Hard Rock Stadium were 100% raised by the South Florida community during the 2022 Dolphins Challenge Cancer. For the past 12 years, the DCC unites thousands of participants for one common cause – to ride, run, or walk in support of innovative research at Sylvester, which is South Florida’s only NCI-designated and nationally ranked Cancer Center in South Florida.

The check presentation took place on the field during halftime of the game, where both sides of the philanthropic partnership were in attendance, including the CEO of the Miami Dolphins organization, Tom Garfinkel, the director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Stephen Nimer, M.D., and the DCC Board of Directors.

Dolphins Challenge Cancer was founded in 2010 by the Miami Dolphins organization to honor former Dolphins’ tight end Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich as he battled bile duct cancer. The DCC has carried Mandich’s legacy ever since – capturing the South Florida community’s resiliency and camaraderie in an annual event that has become the #1 fundraising event in the NFL.

To date, the DCC has directed more than $53.9 million towards challenging cancer and has become the can’t-miss community event of the year – hosting hundreds of teams and thousands of participants.

DCC Riders
Miami Dolphins vs. MInnestoa Vikings gameball
Check presentation
During halftime, survivors, friends and family
Vaughn Edelson riding
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