I first heard about the DCC in 2014. Since then, I’ve participated in 2 events; the 5K in 2015 and the 13 mile ride from training camp in 2016. First and foremost I’m motivated to ride for my girlfriend Juliana who is a 14 year Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. The cancer ribbon colors of Lymphoma are purple and green which is why I created a purple and green DolFan Credo shirt that Juliana and I wear every year. We’ve also lost 2 awesome cats to cancer, LilyBean in 2014 and just recently MooMan, and my aunt is a survivor as well.
Unfortunately we’re all affected by cancer somehow these days. We also all face challenges on our journeys through life, no matter who we are, where we came from or how much money we have. I’m fortunate enough to not have been diagnosed with cancer, but I am at high risk being that I have Crohn’s Disease. This is the reason we created DolFan Project – to Unite DolFans and Give Back to help support great causes. My partner, K9 Brad and I selected the motto to be “Stay in the Fight, Stay Positive” to remind people to persevere through life’s adversities and to never give up.
I’ve been a diehard Miami Dolphins fan for over 22 years and as soon as I moved to Florida 2 1/2 years ago I became a season ticket holder. I attend every home game and as many games on the road that my schedule permits. I’ve been told that I’m easily recognizable due to my orange tux with matching orange Gator shoes and socks, which allows me to spread the message of DolFan Project and draw attention to what really matters – helping others in times of need.
For the second year in a row, I’ve pledged to be a Heavy Hitter – raising $2,500 or more – for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge and am honored to do my part for this incredible event. I ride for way too many and I truly believe together we can find a cure.
Fins Up, Cancer Down
Jared aka OTG/OrangeTuxGuy