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Time to Gear Up for 2013 Dolphins Cycling Challenge

Lesley Klein, a clinical dietitian at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, had taken up cycling only six weeks prior to last year’s Dolphins Cycling Challenge. She completed the event’s 70-mile West Palm Beach-to-Miami leg with ease, drawing inspiration from her patients during the entire journey.

This year Klein plans to ride all 170 miles of the challenge, and just as in 2012, she’ll be thinking of the patients for whom she cares. “All of my patients inspire me,” Klein says. “They have such a fighting spirit under some of the worst circumstances. If they can endure what they’re going through, what’s a little bit of pain on my end? It still doesn’t compare, but with each mile and each dollar raised, we get closer to cutting-edge treatments and cures so that future generations don’t have to experience cancer.”

Klein has already registered for the 2013 Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC). The two-day, tri-county cycling event, which benefits Sylvester’s lifesaving research and treatment programs, is scheduled for November 2 and 3.

This year, the University of Miami will pay the full $150 registration fee for faculty and staff who sign up by Friday, June 21 as part of Team UM Sylvester. The offer does not apply if you register under another team. To take advantage of this special offer, send an email to with your name, department, and telephone number. For more information on the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, visit

More than 1,400 cyclists participated in the 2012 ride, raising $2.2 million, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Sylvester. Shira Kastan, assistant vice president of government and community relations, and Bill Kingston, executive director of development at Sylvester, are spearheading UM’s efforts for this year’s DCC.