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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