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February 22, 2025

Letter from the CEO

Dear DCC participants, teams, donors and sponsors,

The DCC began 14 years ago with one goal in mind: to unite the community against one of the most insidious diseases of our generation—Cancer. We rallied to raise awareness and resources in the name of Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich and so many others.

Thirteen years in, the DCC has raised more than $75 million for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. These funds have directly supported cancer research and critical studies; making new treatments possible that have positively impacted, and even saved lives. The support of the DCC assisted in Sylvester achieving the prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation that allows them to take their research and patient care to a whole new level of excellence.

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. Moving forward this Miami Dolphins initiative will now be known as Dolphins Challenge Cancer. We Challenge Cancer year-round for our community, our families, and for survivors everywhere.

We have no doubt that with YOU--our amazing team--behind us, we will grow our impact and collectively Challenge Cancer to improve lives and patient outcomes for our next decade and beyond.


With appreciation,

Tom Garfinkel signature

Tom Garfinkel
Miami Dolphins
Vice Chairman, President and CEO

Tom Garfinkel CEO Miami Dolphins