MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Just before the sun rose Saturday morning, riders hit the streets for the Dolphins Cycling Challenge—all in the name of a good cause.
The Challenge, a ride in the fight against cancer that supports the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a two-day tri-county charity event which takes place this weekend.
CBS4, a corporate sponsor of the event, put together a team for the ride which includes VP/General Manager Adam Levy, Anchors Eliott Rodriguez and Summer Knowles, and Sports Anchor Kim Bokamper. The CBS4 crew took part in Saturday’s 30-mile race.
The ride began in Miami-Dade at Sun Life Stadium, in Boca Raton at Mizner Park Amphitheater, in Palm Beach at CityPlace and at Dolphins Training Camp throughout the weekend.
Lisa Jimenez, taking part in the ride against cancer in honor of her father she lost to cancer, spoke to Knowles before the ride started.
“I decided to get involved to support cancer research and Sylvester Hospital because I think they’re a great hospital that help a lot of people,” Jimenez told Knowles.
Jimenez lost her father almost two years ago to cancer and said that, “Sylvester was very good to him.”
“It’s a great way to be able to give back and have something, do something, because there’s not much you can do once you lose somebody,” said Jimenez.
Knowles also spoke with Michael Mandich, the CEO of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, before getting on the bike for her, and the rest of the CBS4 crew, 30-mile ride.
“This event so important not only personally but the fact that I have the ability to change so many lives in this community.”
The DCC, which raised over $2 million last year, Mandich said will raise over $4 million this year. The money, Mandich said, goes to the Sylvester Comprehensive Center and stays in South Florida.
The Dolphins launched the cycling challenge in 2010 to honor of the late Fins player Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich as he was battling bile duct cancer.
If you’d like to donate to the DCC, click here.
DCC IV Cyclists will be honored on field at the Carolina Panthers v Miami Dolphins home game on November 24th at 1pm at Sun Life Stadium. The check representing 100-percent of rider raised funds will be presented to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in a pre-game on-field ceremony at that time.