By the time the fourth annual, two-day Dolphins Cycling Challenge ended Sunday, more than 2,000 cyclists had biked across the tri-county area for cancer research. The ride took place Saturday and Sunday across sites including West Palm Beach’s CityPlace and Miami Gardens’ Sun Life Stadium, as riders participated in routes as long as 170 miles. This year, the DCC is expected to raise more than $4 million for the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, surpassing the total for the last three years combined.
The event was launched by the Miami Dolphins in 2010, as former player and sports radio commentator Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich battled bile duct cancer. This year’s DCC riders included Jonathan Schwartz, whose father, George, was only cleared of multiple myeloma, a cancer found in bone marrow, last week.
George Schwartz was diagnosed with the cancer in January. He was treated with a blood stem cell transplant at the Sylvester Center in July. However, Jonathan Schwartz was involved long before. He started riding in the DCC in 2011.
“I didn’t realize the cause I would be raising money for would be benefitting my father directly,” Schwartz, a development manager at AutoNation in Fort Lauderdale, said. “This year was special for me.”