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Off the field, Miami Dolphins Foundation continues to better the community as they have announced today that the Dolphins Challenge Cancer (DCC XI) has officially raised a record-breaking $6.3 million in support of funding cancer research for the University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
With a mission of "leveraging the power of sports and entertainment to inspire a healthier, more educated and united South Florida community," the Miami Dolphins Research Foundation has supported the event for 11 years, in total generating more than $45 million to directly benefit Sylvester's work.
The DCC serves as the largest event fundraiser for the NFL, with a supporting message of 'one team one fight.' Together with the Miami Dolphins Foundation leading the way, more than 3,390 participants joined in the fight against cancer on April 10, 2021. One hundred percent of the participant-raised funds went to Sylvester.
In November 2020, the Miami Dolphins Foundation made a $75 million commitment to Sylvester, serving as the largest known philanthropic pledge in sports. This year's event proves that the commitment is well underway toward achieving this goal.
“The contributions from DCC XI are a testament to the dedication of our participants, partners and over 30,000 individual donors that joined us through the challenges of this pandemic to raise a record-breaking $6.3M to fund life-saving cancer treatments and research at Sylvester,” Miami Dolphins Foundation Executive Director Jesse Marks said. “The Miami Dolphins are honored to have hosted yet another successful DCC and we look forward to seeing the South Florida community again for DCC XII at Hard Rock Stadium on February 26, 2022.”
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Looking ahead to the twelfth community event, DCC has also appointed Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs Jason Jenkins to serve as the Board of Directors Chair.
"The DCC began ten years ago with one goal in mind: to unite the community against one of the most insidious diseases of our generation—cancer," says Vice Chairman, President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins Tom Garfinkel. "As we look to the next ten years of impact, we realize it’s time for us to evolve from an event into a year-round movement focused on the challenge the cancer community faces every single day."