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February 22, 2025


The Dolphins organization set out to re-imagine DCC after its 10th year in 2020. The goal was simple: double the size and impact of the program by 2026. That led to the development of The DCC 365 Strategic Plan to $75M, which incorporated a multi-faceted approach to grow fundraising, cancer-research programs and community engagement year-round as opposed to just the run/walk/bike event. This new commitment required structural changes that would evolve the operating model, and a dedicated team specializing in its year-round commitment to cancer.  

The DCC’s mission remained the same, however the financial commitment and reorganization re-energized the program. The DCC raised $38.5M in its first 10 years (2010-2020). With the 2020 pledge to reach $75M by the end of 2026, there was a new goal to double the annual $5.5M fundraising average to over $10M.

The $75M goal was reached in February 2024, nearly two years early, while DCC XIV raised more than $12M. 

Miami Dolphins Commit $75M to Cancer Research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nov 10, 2020 – The Miami Dolphins are making a transformational gift to improving the lives of those impacted by cancer in South Florida with a $75 million commitment to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System and South Florida's only NCI-designated cancer center. What began as the Dolphins Cycling Challenge in 2010 will now enter its 11th year with a bold, new resolution: a 100 percent year-round promise to support life-saving cancer research. While the mission remains the same, the organization is taking a 'one team, one fight' mentality that will now be known as Dolphins Challenge Cancer (DCC). Read more