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Ovarian cancer survivor ready to Rock N Run to help stamp out disease

Runners at the 2017 Rock N Run for cancer awareness and research get going at the starting line. This year, the Oct. 7 event will raise funds for six cancer organizations.
Runners at the 2017 Rock N Run for cancer awareness and research get going at the starting line. This year, the Oct. 7 event will raise funds for six cancer organizations.

It’s said that one thought put into action can change the world. Amy Hollub and her supportive friends are doing just that with Rock N Run.

This year marks the fifth annual event that was created as a way for Hollub to give back after her own battle with ovarian cancer. Rock N Run 2018 will be Oct. 7 and is expected to raise $100,000 for six cancer organizations.

Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, will serve as its 2018 presenting sponsor.

Amy Hollub Miami Herald file

“We are thrilled to have one of the nation’s leading cancer research facilities as our presenting sponsor this year,” said Hollub in a release. “By working together with the Miami Cancer Institute, we help increase awareness of breast and ovarian cancers and raise funds for life-saving research.”

Established in 2013 by Hollub, her family, and friends Meredith and Carlos Wolf, Rock N Run is a daylong walk/run and dance fest that raises funds and awareness for groups that help those living with breast and ovarian cancer.

The event will feature a vigorous warm-up with Orange Theory fitness instructors as well as high-energy dance routines from fitness celebrities such as Claudine Nannini.

Rock N Run gets everyone together for a good cause and the annual fundraiser is a powerful and fun way for friends, family and neighbors to share time together. Many survivors and their “cheerleaders” consider the event a giant reunion.

Those currently undergoing treatment receive encouragement, support and inspiration from other women who have overcome these life-altering diagnoses, Hollub said. “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.”

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,” she said.

“We’re delighted to serve as presenting sponsor of this year’s Rock N Run,” said Nicholas Lambrou, M.D., Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at Miami Cancer Institute — Baptist Health South Florida, in a release.

“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.”

To get involved in this hometown community fundraiser, register early for $30 at Contact Hollub at 305-305-0813 or Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the walk/run starts at 7:45 a.m., Oct. 7, Temple Beth Am Yulman Campus, 5950 N. Kendall Dr., Pinecrest.

We Robot 2019

The eighth annual We Robot robotics law and policy conference will be April 11-13, 2019, at the University of Miami, but the deadline to submit your ideas for consideration is Nov. 5.

Organizers are seeking “contributions by American and international academics, practitioners, and others, in the form of scholarly papers, technological demonstrations, or posters.”

“We Robot fosters conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate,” said A. Michael Froomkin, founder of We Robot, in a release.

“We particularly encourage papers that reflect interdisciplinary collaborations between developers of robotics, AI, and related technology and experts in the humanities, social science, and law and policy.”

The annual conference “builds on a growing body of scholarship exploring how the increasing sophistication and autonomous decision-making capabilities of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home to hospitals, to public spaces, to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking policy issues.”

Paper proposals are blind reviewed, and this leads to a wide variety of presenters ranging from graduate students to senior professors and even the occasional policymaker or entrepreneur.

Past conferences have been held at UM, the University of Washington, Stanford, and Yale.

To learn more about We Robot 2019 and what past presentations have included, visit the conference website at The submission portal is at

Free symphony concert

It’s all about the music of Bizet and Beethoven at The Alhambra Orchestra’s first performance of its 29th season. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Daniel Andai and will include masterpieces from the Classical and Romantic eras starting with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. The symphony will then perform Bizet’s two L’Arlesienne Suites.

This concert is for all ages at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Florida International University Wertheim Auditorium, 10910 SW 17th St. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

The Alhambra Orchestra is Miami’s community orchestra and has a mission of supporting classical music and music education. Learn more at, or write to Or call 305-668-9260.

New team at Junior League

For 92 years, Junior League of Miami has helped guide strong female civic leaders who have taken on numerous initiatives to contribute to the growth of our city. The latest officers and board members of the all-volunteer group were recently announced.

Deborah Koch is the new president of the Miami chapter. Carla Crossno will serve as president-elect and Laura Van Gorden will serve as the executive vice president of the board.

“It is humbling to follow in the footsteps of 91 amazing leaders who have accomplished so much for the League and our community,” said Koch in an email. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board and the wonderful members that make Junior League of Miami such a powerful force in the community.”

The latest projects include the launch of two collaborations. Members will work with the Riverside House, for women transitioning out of incarceration, and DIBIA Dream/Honeyshine, where they will be working with high school women on the STEAM curriculum. To learn more about the board and see a list of new members, visit

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