AGAINST CANCER


Saturday morning, and well into the afternoon, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge raised an incredible amount of money in support of cancer research and the hope of finding a cure to finally end this deadly disease that effects millions of people each year.

This event is the NFL’s single largest fundraiser and the eighth  successful year for this annual community endeavor. “This year our anthem is to celebrate the resiliency and vitality of cancer survivors. We’re proud to have more than 250 survivors among our largest turnout of participants in our eight-year history. We want to personally thank The Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation for putting a spotlight on these cancer fighters,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President & Dolphins Cancer Challenge Executive Director Jennifer Jehn said. “Each and every dollar raised makes a difference, going directly to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for innovative research and targeted therapies. Today was amazing to see the South Florida community come together to tackle cancer.”

Along with thousands of bike riders, runners, and walkers, two well-known bands also donated their time to perform live concerts for those in attendance. The first band to take the stage was Big Head Todd and the Monsters. With only a forty-five minute window to play, BHT brought out all of their big songs and wowed the crowd with their performance. Some of the songs included “Bittersweet”, “Broken Hearted Savior”, “Resignation Superman”, and “Black Beehive”. The band ended their set with the John Lee Hooker re-make ”Boom Boom”.

At 2:20 pm, the Goo Goo Dolls took to the stage with a huge welcome from the crowd. The bands singer, John Reznick began the set with “Tattered”, “Big Machine”, and one of their biggest hits “Slide”, which enlightened the crowd with pleasure. Some of the songs they performed were perfect for the crowd on hand. Songs like “So Alive”, “Free Of Me”, and “Better Days” seemed to have a real connection with those that were there. So many in attendance were either survivors, those still struggling, or those there in support of someone going through the battle. The Goo Goo Dolls ended their performance with their most famous recording from the movie “City Of Angels” by playing “Iris”.

While the battle against cancer wages  on, there is recent news that looks promising in the elimination of cancerous tumors. In January, Stanford Medicine released the following…

Injecting minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice can eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The approach works for many different types of cancers, including those that arise spontaneously, the study found.

The researchers believe the local application of very small amounts of the agents could serve as a rapid and relatively inexpensive cancer therapy that is unlikely to cause the adverse side effects often seen with bodywide immune stimulation.

“When we use these two agents together, we see the elimination of tumors all over the body,” said Ronald Levy, MD, professor of oncology. “This approach bypasses the need to identify tumor-specific immune targets and doesn’t require wholesale activation of the immune system or customization of a patient’s immune cells.”

One agent is currently already approved for use in humans; the other has been tested for human use in several unrelated clinical trials. A clinical trial was launched in January to test the effect of the treatment in patients with lymphoma.

The Dolphins Cancer Challenge donates 100 percent of the participant-raised funds to innovative cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. On April 13, 2018, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge will continue to raise funds with it’s annual DCC Celebrity Golf Tournament. This event will allow cancer-fighters to interact with Dolphins players and celebrities while raising necessary funds.

The Dolphins Cancer Challenge seems to be growing larger and larger every year, with more and more sponsors and musicians getting involved. Events like this brings the community together and new friends are made. Together we can all make a difference.