Dear colleagues and supporters,
As Chair of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Board of Governors, I am fortunate to be in a leadership position of an organization that truly makes a meaningful difference in the lives of so many, which is why I am passionate about sharing Sylvester’s success with others. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in South Florida, Sylvester’s dedication to excellence remained steadfast despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to present. This was never more evident than in 2021, as we welcomed 30 new cancer experts to our team. Sylvester also experienced an incredible outpouring of support last year, which allowed our worldrenowned physicians and scientists to focus on what’s most important — saving more lives! Through our alliance with the Miami Dolphins, we reached new heights despite the pandemic when DCC XI raised a record-breaking $6.3 million to fund innovative cancer research. This brought the event’s 11-year total to more than $45.5 million. Although parts of the event had to be slightly reimagined to ensure safety, the enthusiasm and commitment of the thousands of participants could not have been stronger.
We also gathered to honor three distinguished faculty members with endowed chairs, including The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research Endowed Chair in Solid Tumor Research, which was awarded to Sanoj Punnen, M.D., M.A.S., for his groundbreaking work in urologic cancers. Since its founding nearly 70 years ago, The Pap Corps has donated more than $110 million to Sylvester.
From creative fundraisers to generous individual gifts, Sylvester has shown that our community would simply not allow our pursuit of cancer cures to be deterred. As you read through the achievements on the following pages, please know how extremely valuable you are as a partner in our mission.
Adam E. Carlin
Chair, Board of Governors
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center