The Miami Dolphins Foundation, including tight end Les Brown and defensive back Sean Smith took part in a $10,000 check presentation to Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo. Brown, Smith and members of the Dolphins fishing committee interacted with cancer survivors from Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH). Players said they enjoyed spending time with the children and jumping in the lagoon to swim with the Dolphins.
“It started off a little rough but as I got out there and I see a kid half my size playing with a dolphin I figured I might as well give it a shot,” said Smith in a press release. “You don’t understand how big they are until one brushes against you under the water. I definitely had fun. It was my first time and I definitely look forward to doing it again.”
This activity was just one of the many events that are part of a week-long sleepover camp for children with cancer called Camp United Order True Sisters (UOTS). Every year, MCH and UOTS, a non-profit organization with a long-standing history of philanthropy in the South Florida community, host the free camp for cancer patients receiving care at MCH. During the week, campers participate in activities such as a trip to Orlando and bowling under the supervision of MCH doctors and nurses. Camp counselors are not only MCH employees, but more than half are volunteers and past MCH oncology patients (cancer survivors).