MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Are you ready to ride in the battle against cancer? C.C. Schieffelin is definitely ready. She’s spinning for someone close to her heart.

The University of Miami freshman is training for the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, an effort by thousands of South Florida cyclists to raise money for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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“When I realized I could do something to raise money to fight cancer I stepped up,” said Schieffelin, whose mother Barb has been battling cancer for more than three years.

“I think she’s amazing,” C.C. said of her mom. “She’s my inspiration. She makes me the best person I can be. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her.”

Since first being diagnosed with colon cancer, her mom has seen the disease spread to other parts of her body including her liver, lungs and brain. It’s been a tough time for the 18-year-old from Westchester, New York. She’s fighting back, though, becoming one of the top fundraisers in the challenge. She’s already raised $28,000.

CBS4, a corporate sponsor of the event, has a team which includes VP/General Manager Adam Levy,  Anchors Eliott Rodriguez and Summer Knowles, Meteorologist Craig Setzer and Sports Anchor Kim Bokamper.

The CBS4 crew is taking part in the 30-40 mile race on November 2nd.

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Cici is doing her cycling on a stationary bike along with fellow students at the University of Miami.

The Dolphins Cycling Challenge has raised about $4 million for cancer research since its inception in 2010. The goal is to raise as much as $10 million.

One hundred percent of the money raised goes to research at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The two-day challenge consists of seven different routes that bikers can take, throughout the tri-county area.

CLICK HERE for the routes.

There are more than 2,000 riders already registered who have already raised more than $1.1 million.

If you’d like to sign up for the DCC or just donate, click here.

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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 at that time.

Eliott Rodriguez