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    Tour de Broward Returns to Miramar Regional Park

    South Floridians will once again have the opportunity to gather in southwest Broward for one of the region’s favorite charitable events.

    The Robins & Morton Tour de Broward, an annual fundraiser that helps expand programs and services for kids and families at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, will take place Sunday, March 6, from 7:00 am  - 1:00 pm, at Miramar Regional Park.

    The event combines fun, fitness, and philanthropy through a 3K walk, 5K timed run, 50 and 100K bicycle rides, and the “Power of Play Kid Zone,” a sports-themed, fun area for children 13 or younger. Each participant will receive breakfast, lunch, an event shirt, and goodie bag, along with the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting members of the community dealing with some of the most complex and challenging medical conditions.

    “We’re excited to once again offer an in-person experience for those who desire that,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez III, FACHE, president and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to make a statement about the type of caring community we want to live in, all while having fun with family and friends.”

    In its 12 previous years, Tour de Broward has generated more than $5.5 million for pediatric healthcare in South Florida. For those who prefer to support the cause virtually, that’s an option, with individuals able to complete their event at the time and location of their choosing. Event materials will be mailed to all virtual participants.

    The cost to participate is between $15-$50, depending on the event and sign-up date. Visit to learn more and register or call 954-905-5633. Details about sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 954-265-7241.

    Miramar Regional Park is located at 16801 Miramar Parkway in Miramar.

  • Rod, who had an irregular heartbeat

    Rod Credits Memorial with Adding More Years, Memories

    On top of a cancer diagnosis, Rod’s heart “was just going berserk,” recalls his daughter, Rebecca.

    It was off to the emergency room.

    “My heartrate was skyrocketing. They had to shock me not once but twice,” Don said.

    At the hospital, Rod met Demetrio Castillo, MD, Electrophysiologist at Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute.,

    “He was hospitalized with an arrythmia,” said Dr. Castillo. “At first glance his heart appeared normal.”

    Further testing and a collaboration with heart failure and cardiac imaging specialists revealed a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic condition. He was at risk of sudden cardiac death.

    An ablation was performed to help correct Rod’s irregular heartbeat, and a defibrillator was implanted that can restart his heart in case of cardiac arrest.

    “What Dr. Castillo did allows us to have a lot more years together,” said Rebecca.

    “I call it ‘developing memories,’” said Rod. “I want to be there.”

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  • Shayne, who had breast cancer, with Erica Bloomquist, MD

    Memorial Helps Shayne Stay Step Ahead of Her Breast Cancer

    It wasn’t exactly déjà vu, but Shayne discovered a second lump ten years after having a lumpectomy.

    She quickly made an appointment at Memorial.

    Although this lump was small, she underwent genetic testing at Memorial. Tests revealed a genetic mutation that increased her chances of repeated breast cancers throughout her life.

    The mutation, called CHEK2, is not uncommon in women like Shaye who are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

    This time, together with Erica Bloomquist, MD, Breast Surgical Oncologist at Memorial Breast Cancer Center, she chose a “nipple-sparing” double mastectomy, one which kept her nipples and breast skin intact.

    “We worked with very skilled reconstructive surgeons who did breast reconstruction at the same time,” said Dr. Bloomquist.

    “What I got here at Memorial was amazing,” said Shayne. “I’ll be fine, move forward and live life.”

    “She’s recovering beautifully, and her joy will help a lot of women in the future,” said Dr. Bloomquist.

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