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Escape the Rock partnered with Beat the Streets Philly in 2015 to provide an opportunity for a Philadelphia public high school wrestling team to compete in the tournament. Central High School was the first team to be sponsored by Beat the Streets Philly and their appearance was highlighted by Jonathan Guevera's trip to the Round of 12. In 2016 Edwin Morales of Mariana Bracetti Charter Academy became the first Beat the Streets wrestler to make the podium with his 7th place finish. Mariana Bracetti is the Beat the Streets representative for the 3rd straight year at Escape the Rock. Their lineup features Angel Garcia, a promising sophomore who garnered All American honors at the Fargo Cadet Greco championships this past July.
Escape the Rock has incorporated a charity component into the event each year since 2009 in order to increase awareness. The charity chosen for 2018 was the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. In 2017 Escape the Rock was able to donate $4,186 to our selected charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc, is a non-profit, 501c3 organization created as a tribute to the life, character, and immense strength of Sandy Rollman. Sandy passed away from advanced ovarian cancer in May 2000. Prior to diagnosis, Sandy experienced many textbook symptoms. Her symptoms were whispering only no one was listening. The tragic result was that Sandy never had a chance against ovarian cancer.
Her sister Adriana Way and her nurse Robin Cohen decided to keep Sandy’s memory alive while trying to prevent other women from having to endure the same pain as she did. It is in Sandy’s memory and the memory of all women who have succumbed to this insidious disease, that we have dedicated our efforts to help conquer ovarian cancer. Sandy Rollman was a fighter in the truest sense of the word. It would have been a mistake for us to just give up.
Our Mission: To fight for those who are fighting, speak for those who have fallen silent and provide for those who are working towards the end of ovarian cancer.
Our Vision: A world without ovarian cancer.
For more information on the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation visit:
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