As we reflect upon 2020 it was certainly a year which presented us with many challenges and great uncertainty. While the world came to a standstill during the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer’s impact was unfortunately undeterred. Despite the circumstances, Sylvester stood unfazed and resolute in its quest for excellence within both patient treatment as well as critical cancer research.
As chair of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Board of Governors, I’ve witnessed Sylvester’s unwavering dedication to its mission and culture of providing compassionate care while also striving to offer the highest degree of efficacy of treatment. This steadfast passion has been recognized by its industry and peers resulting in the unique distinction of being South Florida’s only Cancer Center of Excellence as well as South Florida’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center.
In recognition of the Cancer Center’s success, we received a landmark, anonymous $126 million gift in honor of Dr. Nimer, the largest donation in the University of Miami’s history. This extraordinary gift will help accelerate breakthrough advances toward finding cures and leave a lasting legacy.
Given the Board’s understanding of the critical importance of research it quickly mobilized to establish Dr. Stephen D. Nimer’s Research Continuity Fund to help our physician-scientists return to their life-saving work in the laboratories as quickly as possible.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of Steven Dwoskin for funding the Dwoskin Proton Therapy Center, making Sylvester the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in Florida to offer patients this advanced cancer-fighting radiation technology. In celebrating its ten-year anniversary partnership with Sylvester, the Miami Dolphins announced a transformational $75 million commitment to Sylvester and a new name for the DCC, now called the Dolphins Challenge Cancer, reflecting their resolution to support life-saving cancer research year-round.
We also thank The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research, Cancer Link, and the Woman's Cancer Association of the University of Miami for their innovative virtual events to raise funds for research. Generous gifts from supporters, such as the Braman Family Foundation, Eric and Elizabeth Feder, and the Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation, enhanced Sylvester’s ability to recruit and retain some of the most sought after and brightest minds in medicine.
On behalf of Sylvester’s Board of Governors, thank you. Your support during these trying times has shown us all the true power of community. It is through your support that Sylvester can continue to improve the lives of those touched by cancer in South Florida and beyond.
Adam E. Carlin
Chairman, Board of Governors
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Governors Vice Chairs
Jayne S. Malfitano
Vice Chair, Sylvester Board of Governors
President & Director Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation
Jayne Malfitano’s involvement with Sylvester dates back more than 30 years when her father, Harcourt Sylvester, Jr., pledged the first of several multimillion-dollar gifts to build a center in honor of his parents and support cancer programs at the University of Miami. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center opened in 1992. Since then, Jayne has remained steadfast in her family’s commitment to making exceptional cancer care available throughout South Florida. She is an active member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, the UHealth Board of Directors, and serves as Vice Chair of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Board of Governors. Additionally, she is President of the Board of Directors for the Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation.
Miguel G. Farra, CPA, J.D.
Vice Chair, Sylvester Board of Governors
Chairman of Tax and Accounting Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC
Miguel Farra joined the Sylvester Board of Governors in 2010 and served on Sylvester’s 20th anniversary gala committee in 2012. In 2017, Miguel was appointed as a member of the newly created Sylvester Board of Governors and shortly after, in 2018, he became Vice Chair of the Board. Miguel is a tireless champion for Sylvester, dedicating countless hours and his decades of expertise to further the Cancer Center’s mission.