Miami Cancer Institute to serve as presenting sponsor of Rock 'N Run

By: Lee Stephens |August 14, 2018

One of South Florida’s liveliest breast and ovarian cancer fundraisers — Rock N Run — has announced that Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, will serve as its 2018 presenting sponsor.

“We are thrilled to have one of the nation’s leading cancer research facilities as our presenting sponsor this year,” said Amy Hollub, founder of Rock N Run. “By working together with the Miami Cancer Institute, we help increase awareness of breast and ovarian cancers, and raise funds for lifesaving research.”

Rock N Run was created as a way for Hollub to give back to the community that supported and encouraged her during her own battle with ovarian cancer in 2009. Established in 2013 by Amy, her family and friends Meredith and Carlos Wolf, Rock N Run is an annual walk/run and dance fest that raises funds for organizations that help those living with breast and ovarian cancers.

“We’re delighted to serve as presenting sponsor of this year’s Rock N Run,” said Nicholas Lambrou, MD, chief of Gynecologic Oncology and medical director of Robotic Surgery at Miami Cancer Institute – Baptist Health South Florida. “Aligning with an established and influential organization like Rock N Run provides the unique opportunity to increase awareness for breast and ovarian cancers and the important role of early detection.”

This year’s Rock N Run will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, and is expected to raise more than $100,000 for six cancer organizations. The daylong event will feature a vigorous warmup with fitness instructors from Orange Theory as well as high energy dance routines from fitness celebrities such as Claudine Nannini. A unique and festive way to come together for a good cause, Rock N Run’s annual fundraiser provides the South Florida an opportunity to spend a fun-filled day with friends, family and neighbors.

Rock N Run has become a favorite fundraiser among South Florida breast and ovarian cancer survivors and their cheerleaders because the event itself often feels like a giant reunion. Those currently undergoing treatment receive encouragement, support and inspiration from other women who have overcome these life-altering diagnoses. By donating their time, talent and treasure to Rock N Run, participants know they are making a difference in the lives of other South Florida women.

Since its inception, Rock N Run has raised and donated more than $200,000 to carefully vetted non-profits that help female cancer patients, such as Cancer Link and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.

Those interested in participating in this hometown community fundraiser can register early for $30 at

Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, is a next generation cancer center known for its leading clinical care, compassionate patient experience, clinical research and state-of-the-art technology — including the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the only radiation oncology program in the world with each of the latest radiation therapies in one place.

The Institute offers a robust roster of prominent physicians established in the community, in addition to renowned cancer experts, clinical researchers and genomic scientists recruited from the nation’s top cancer centers. As Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a deep and functional collaboration that affords patients access to innovative treatments right here at home and ensures the standards of care developed by our multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK.

Heralded nationally as one of the new “hybrid” cancer centers of the future, Miami Cancer Institute represents the next generation of cancer centers in the country, combining well-established, high-quality community-based cancer care with the best of an academic cancer center — offering patients innovative clinical trials tied to research and genomics and the recruitment of disease-specific surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists who are experts in their fields.

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Dynamic Cancer Fundraiser Generates $85K for Local Charities

Bringing together the South Florida community for a morning of energetic fun and community spirit, the 5th annual Rock N Run 5K event raised an unprecedented $85,000 for breast and ovarian cancer organizations. Community sponsors, including the Village of Pinecrest and Temple Beth Am were a huge part of the event’s success.

Held Sunday, October 8th at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, Rock N Run was attended by 400 people, many who have been personally touched by cancer. Fundraisers like Mari Bustamante, who recently underwent ovarian cancer and Jackie Zucker, whose many family members have also been affected by the disease, attended the event not only to support a worthwhile cause, but to share the morning with friends, family and community members who understand what it’s like to battle this health issue.

“This year’s Rock N Run was amazing,” said Mari Bustamante “It was wonderful to see all my friends and neighbors gathered together in support of this critical issue.”

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Thank you to the Sun Sentinel for this great article on the Rock 'N Run!

Annual fundraising event started as bat mitzvah project

by Sergio Carmona

The annual Rock 'N Run started as Aliya Hollub's bat mitzvah project in 2013 in honor of her mother, an ovarian cancer survivor, and has grown over the first three years.

The recent third annual Rock 'N Run at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest drew 600 people, including participants, sponsors and volunteers, and has so far, at press time, grossed almost $60,000. The event raised more than $40,000 in its first year and close to $50,000 in its second. The event included a cardio-blasting dance class and 5K where participants could race or walk. It was created to united the community in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer and promote awareness to enhance prevention and early detection. Proceeds from the event benefit several breast and ovarian cancer charities.

"I'm just so glad that something that started out as something small turned into something big where everyone in the community comes to help and support us," Aliya, 14, of Pinecrest, said.

Amy Hollub, Aliya's mother, said "I think the reason we've had so much support for this event is because in one way or another, cancer does touch everyone."

The idea for this fundraising event came from Aliya and her sister Rylee. As the first year happened to coincide with Aliya's bat mitzvah, the event became her mitzvah project.

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Thank you to the Miami Herald for this great coverage of the 2015 Rock 'N Run!

Friends and Neighbors: Rock ‘N Run raises more than $55,000 for cancer research


Participants at the third annual Rock ‘N Run raised more than $55,000 to help women in our South Florida community through breast and ovarian cancer research, awareness and assistance. 

“It was a huge success with over 500 participants,” said Amy Hollub, one of the organizers. Members of the Hollub and Wolf families hosted the Oct. 4 event.

“Rock ‘N Run plays an important role in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer by bringing passionate community members together to raise awareness about the diseases, while providing education and vital resources for local organizations serving women in our community,” said Andrea Ivory of Women’s Breast and Heart Health Initiative in a release. “This effort helps to save and change lives. We are so honored to be a part of it!”

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Community Breast and Ovarian Cancer Event

Hundreds of participants will “Think N Feel Pink N Teal” as they gear up to dance, walk or run at the 3rd Annual Rock ‘N Run, Sunday, October 4th, Temple Beth Am, 5950 N. Kendall Drive.

Rock ‘N Run, an incredible day of health, strength and spirit, was created to unite our community in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer and raise awareness to enhance prevention and early detection. Last year almost $50,000 was raised and distributed to a variety of causes supporting research, awareness and support for women in the community.  This year, Rock ‘N’ Run will support, among others, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center-Cancer Link, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Women’s Breast and Heart Health Initiative, Sandy B. Muller Breast Cancer Foundation, Sharsheret and FORCE.

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