More than 4,000 turn up for Dolphins Cancer Challenge VIII

Several Dolphins players appeared at DCC VIII. (Miami Dolphins)

MIAMI GARDENS—The Dolphins Cancer Challenge gets bigger every year, and the 2018 edition drew a crowd of more than 4,000 participants for its signature event at Hard Rock Stadium.

The day featured five bike routes throughout South Florida, including a 52-mile ride starting in Boca Raton and as well as a 100-mile loop starting and ending at the stadium. It also had a 5K, a carnival-like party on the field and concerts by the Goo Goo Dolls and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

The total amount raised for cancer research—every dollar goes to the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center thanks to sponsor contributions that cover the DCC’s overhead—won’t be known until after the golf tournament in April. Over the previous seven years of the DCC, it raised more than $22.5 million.

“It’s a great event,” Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain said. “It’s great to play for an organization that takes it so seriously, that puts their hand in it and raises money, and it stays here in South Florida. It’s great to be a part of that. Cancer touches everyone. It’s a great cause.”

McCain was one of several players who attended the event and took photos with participants. Team president Tom Garfinkel and owner Stephen Ross also took part.

“Sometimes we think we have it tough, even as players, but these people, there’s a lot of survivors here,” safety T.J. McDonald said. “The survivors are really motivating for us to see what they’ve gone through and how they overcame it.”

It was a widescale event that involved multiple police forces manning the routes through South Florida’s streets, and the overall day was something DCC executive director Jennifer Jehn and her team began planning in August.

“Each year we try to make it bigger and better for our participants,” she said. “The big logistics of it are the five different bike routes with the police and safety vehicles, as well as the 5K here. A lot goes on here at Hard Rock Stadium as well, but we do that every Sunday.”

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