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Sun Times Feature Story

Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital benefits from Sixth Annual Invicta Tour De Broward

   For the past five years on a Sunday morning in February, thousands of people have gathered at Miramar Regional Park, united by one common cause – to support Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at its annual Tour de Broward event. Now in its sixth year, the need is greater than ever to raise funds for South Broward’s only pediatric hospital, which has become the leading children’s hospital in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. In 2014’s fiscal year alone, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital served children and their families in 53,450 outpatient visits, 8,707 admissions and observations and 6,039 pediatric surgeries.

     Funds from previous years have supported the hospital’s Heart Institute, which provides children with a complete continuum of care from diagnosis to repair of congenital defects and other cardiac dysfunctions. It houses the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program, one of only two of its kind in South Florida. Funds have also supported programs for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, helping to improve the lives of many oncology patients and families. However, the need is greater this year because funds raised will help support programs throughout Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, as it aims to grow in the community and continue to expand services.  


How can you help? Participate and Donate!

     Invicta Tour de Broward 2015 will feature a variety of events for adults, kids, physically challenged athletes and wounded warriors alike. These events include a 3K Walk & 5K Timed Run; Cycling challenges – 50K and 100K; The Power of Play Kids Zone.

    Registration fees range from $10 to $40, depending upon the event and the day you sign up. Same-day registration is available. And if you’d like to support Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, but can’t attend on February 22, don’t worry – you can sign up as a virtual participant at the low registration fee of just $19.92.

    Runners and cyclists will be supported by Memorial’s Tour de Broward community partners, including Broward Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Unit members, who will escort cyclists in the 100K and 50K rides, and Split Second Timing and Chronotrack of Florida, which will provide on-site electronically timed scoring for all 5K participants on the USA Track & Field route.


    For more information on the Invicta Watch Group Tour de Broward or to register for the 2015 event, visit For more information on becoming an event sponsor, call 954-265-7241.