MIAMI(CBSMiami) – Not only was it a big day for the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Sun Life Stadium with their win over the Oakland Raiders (34-14), it was also a big day for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center which received a check for more than a million dollars in a special pregame ceremony.

The money, $1,070,000, was raised by more than 860 bicyclists who took part in the second annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) in November 2011. The riders included more than 160 children and 21 cancer survivors.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, limited partner Emilio Estefan and CEO Mike Dee presented the check to University of Miami president Donna Shalala and Dean of the UM Miller School of Medicine Pascal Goldschmidt.

“We are very grateful for the incredible support of our fans and friends who rode and for all of those who volunteered, donated or sponsored the challenge,” said Ross in a statement.

“This year’s DCC has been phenomenal, uniting many of us in South Florida toward the common goal of fighting cancer,” said Shalala. “We are honored to be partners with the Miami Dolphins for this annual event.”

The tri-county bicycle ride was created by the Miami Dolphins in 2010 in honor of former Dolphin Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich who lost his battle with cancer in 2010 . The two-day event featured six different bicycle rides from 30 to 170 miles that went through 37 cities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Last year’s inaugural ride had 311 adult riders, 100 kids and raised $533,000.


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