Thousands take part in 12th annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge

Author: Jacqueline Quynh / CBS Miami
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Thousands of Floridians jumped on their bicycles Saturday as they participated in the annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge.

The event celebrated its 12th anniversary this year.

The DCC is a huge tri-county charity-cycling event featuring several different bike routes ranging from a 15-mile ride to the 100-mile trek, with all cyclists crossing the finish line at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

It’s already raised more than $45 million, with more than $7 million on Saturday.

“It was very emotionally honestly there were a lot of things that reminded me of him,” said Michelle Beaton who woke up early Saturday morning to ride her bike at the event.

“20 years ago our father was diagnosed with brain cancer he had a tumor and he survived,” said Beaton.

Later, however, the cancer came back and he’s become the reason for Beaton to keep pushing for a cure.

“Coincidentally, our sister because of my dad’s sickness, she works with UM,” said Nivardo Beaton, Michelle’s brother.

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

Here are the events that took place:

100 MILE RIDE presented by UKG
6:00AM Ride Start

7:00AM Ride Start

Starts from Watsco Center at UM
1245 Daur Dr. Coral Gables, FL 33146
7:30AM Ride Start

8:00AM Ride Start

DCC 5K presented by AMBETTER
11:00AM Start

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

The Dolphins Cancer Challenge was launched in 2010 to honor former Dolphins tight end Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich as he was battling bile duct cancer, which took his life in 2011.

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

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