Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Broward Health leadership and employees recently participated in the 165-mile SMART Ride on behalf of Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC). This year's ride raised more than $1.3 million.
Broward Health cyclists joined 37 other CDTC riders on two teams representing Children' Diagnostic & Treatment Center, a benefactor of funds raised by SMART Ride. The ride started on Friday, Nov. 15, in Miami and ended in Key West on Saturday, Nov. 16.
“The Smart Ride was one of the most challenging rides I’ve experienced, but it was also one of the most rewarding,” said Gino Santorio, President and CEO of Broward Health. “The sense of camaraderie and the understanding that we were riding for thousands of patients and families affected by HIV/AIDS drove us to the finish line.”
Riding with Santorio from Broward Health were David Clark, senior vice president of operations; Michael Cavazos, corporate director of insurance and claims; and Micha Siegel, marketing manager.
SMART Ride’s mission is to raise funds for organizations assisting and treating individuals with HIV/AIDS. CDTC serves women, infants, children and youth living with HIV/AIDS, and the Center’s staff and board were impassioned to make a big impact this year.
CDTC hosted its largest team and raised the most funds ever in its ninth consecutive ride. Newly appointed CDTC Vice Chair L. Jack Staley, Board Member Sabrina Farmer and Oakland Park Commissioner Jane Bolin pedaled their way to the Keys. CDTC Executive Director Ana Calderon Randazzo, Ph.D., and Board Chair Juliette Lippman spent the days cheering on riders along the way.