Miami Dolphins hosting event to raise money for research and awareness about cancer

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Drew Hill
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miami dolphins cancer fundraiser
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Cancer has impacted many people’s lives in some way, shape, or form. And, people have found a way to give back while connecting with one another.

Thousands of people are descending on Miami this weekend, biking 100 miles or running a 5K. And many of those people currently have cancer.

David Perez signed up to fight fires. But this healthy, young, fit North Collier firefighter never expected to have to fight cancer simultaneously.

“I was diagnosed at the end of 2019,” said Perez. “Right now, I’m actually… I had a little bit of relapse so I started chemo again.”

Cancer touches far too many families, far too many lives. That is why so many, including Perez, are headed to Miami this weekend for Dolphins Challenge Cancer. This is a walking, running and cycling event put on by the Miami Dolphins to raise money for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Perez is ready and able to exercise his way towards a cure. “I know I can, I can endure and push through and, and I could always put on a happy face even though the chemos knocked me down,” he said. “And you know, if my six-year-old wants me to coach his football team like I’m doing now, I’m coaching his football team now.”

Javier Sanchez is the event’s executive director and says that the Dolphins do this for people exactly like David Perez.

“At the event, you’re gonna see a giant arch that says living proof on it. It has a bell that cancer survivors are going to ring, and it’s got their names written up on it because we’re honoring all of them,” said Sanchez. “Because we realize that this is why we do this. This is why we fund cancer research.”

“If I were to save that one person on them, you know, their mother their father, their kids, their grandparents, whatever what would it feel you know,” said Perez. “The heartache and that loss that so many people with cancer obviously go through.”

Another awesome part of this weekend is that current Miami Dolphins players will be there and former players as well.

To learn more about the event or how you can help support this cancer research, follow this link.

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