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Hunter-Reay to support cancer charity
IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will participate in the annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge as part of Team AutoNation.

The DCC is a two-day cycling event with 10 ride options from 13-170 miles. The ride, which benefits the University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, will take place in South Florida on Nov. 2-3. It is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with 100 percent of rider-raised funds going directly to cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"Nearly one-third of cancer is said to be preventable and with early detection, many more cancers can be caught in their early stages saving lives," said Hunter-Reay. "Our goal is to create an awareness of the importance of getting tested."

Hunter-Reay, who lost his mother to colon cancer in 2010, is committed to helping in the global fight against cancer along with AutoNation, a presenting sponsor of Racing for Cancer, which Hunter-Reay co-founded in honor of his mother.

"AutoNation is on a mission to, along with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Michael Mandich with the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, drive home the point to the public and our 21,000 associates that early detection saves lives," said Mike Maroone, President and COO of AutoNation. "Many of us at AutoNation knew Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich, Dolphins' star player and "voice" of the Dolphins for many years. It is in his memory that we are raising money to fight cancer through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Racing for Cancer."

Hunter-Reay's participation in the DCC highlights the belief that all of us can make a difference in the fight against cancer.

"The DCC is committed to supporting the community and the only local academic cancer center," said Dolphins Cycling Challenge CEO, Michael Mandich.  "We are thrilled to have Ryan riding as part of Racing for Cancer and Team AutoNation.  We could not do it without our corporate teams and their riders."

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