An Interview with Greg Garber

Philadelphia, PA– Few people are more aware of the difficulties local cancer patients face each day than Greg Garber, the director of Oncology Support Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. With Philly Runs Free and the Philly Love Run coming up in just a few short months, I asked Mr. Garber, who is also a Legacy of Hope board member, to shed some light on the issues cancer patients deal with, how these issues impact their treatment, and how the runners on March 31st will help Legacy of Hope provide cancer patients and their families with relief from the non-medical burdens associated with their journey.

The median household income in the area which Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center primarily serves is only $16,500 according to Mr. Garber. “Patients and families’ primary focus is not on dealing with a serious illness like cancer; its on feeding their families, keeping their utilities on, and just getting through their day-to-day.” While we can all appreciate the financial burden cancer patients may experience with regards to medications, treatments, and hospitalization, it can often be overlooked how the disease affects other aspects of a patient’s life. Garber points out that the “financial toxicity” of cancer can be just as bad as the chemo toxicity many patients experience, putting them at risk for not following up appropriately. “These are the gaps that Legacy of Hope has helped with in a dramatic fashion.”

So runners unfamiliar with the reach Legacy of Hope has over the cancer community can better understand where their contributions and sweat equity goes, Mr. Garber described how our organization helps. “Older patients are used to being the caregiver for their families. Legacy can come in and do a home repair,” Garber states. “They’ll pay a bill, bring some groceries, or pick up some Christmas presents for the kids.” The connection Legacy establishes with patients is ongoing, affirms Mr. Garber. “Once a family is connected with Legacy, they are connected. Legacy of Hope contacts the family, establishes a relationship, often goes to the home…this enables us to understand what the issues really are.”

When asked about the potential success of Philly Runs Free, Mr. Garber couldn’t contain his Philly pride. “This is who we are as Philly. We’re this gritty, engaged city that has community.” He said, “I inherently believe that people are good. If you give good people opportunity to do good things, that pays off in spades.”

Garber will be running March 31st with his wife, colleagues and friends, and he encourages everyone in the community to do the same. “You can run as an individual, you can run as a team. Most people can walk a 7K, but if they can’t they can sponsor someone who can.” He leaves us with few excuses to not become engaged in Philly Run Free and he stands with all of us at Legacy of Hope in saying we hope to see you at the race!

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Dr. Claudia Capparelli, PhD

Affiliations: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Education: PhD, University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy – 2011

Focus & Impact:  Focus on the role of the SOX10 transcription factor with regard to tumor cell heterogeneity and plasticity across multiple genotypes in melanoma. Investigating how SOX10 plasticity/heterogeneity affects the response to MEKi and anti-ErbB3 combinations in WT BRAF melanoma patients. 

Publications: Publications Link

Honors & Awards:

  • Legacy of Hope Merit Award

  • Outrun the Sun Melanoma Research Scholar Award

  • Unical Fellowship Visiting Scholar

  • International Pigment Cell Conference Travel Award

  • Best Poster Presentation, Ninth Annual Jefferson Post-doctoral Research

  • INPDAP Fellowship for Student Merit 

  • University of Calabria Fellowships for Student Merit 

Dr. Qing Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Affiliations: The Wistar Institute, The Chen Laboratory, University of Maryland

Education: PhD,Immunology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, State University of New York at Buffalo (Dean’s Award for outstanding dissertation) – 2006

Focus & Impact:  Focus is on the molecular mechanisms of brain metastasis originating from primary tumors like breast cancer, and the interplay between cancer cells and the stromal cells that populate the brain microenvironment. 

Publications: Publications Link

Honors & Awards​:

  • Legacy of Hope Merit Award

  • Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy Award

  • Susan G. Komen, CCR Basic/Translational and Clinical application

  • The V Foundation for Cancer Research Award

  • Dissertation Research Award, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 

Nia Andrews

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Rebecca Blinn

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Carol Sollenberger

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Maree Lavo

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Bryan Lathrop

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Kimberly S. Reed

An award winning international speaker, author, corporate trainer and diversity, equality and inclusion executive, nationally recognized thought leader, expert, strategist and advisor to some of the world’s most influential organizations in global professional services, health care, financial services, consumer products and pharmaceutical industries.

Kimberly is a seasoned leader in transforming organizations into high-performing enterprises and challenging leaders to live without limits, with more than 20 years of HR, talent acquisition, and diversity & inclusion experience; successfully turning around troubled diversity practices by designing, building, leading, and shaping high-performing cultures at global organizations with robust strategies, global employee development programs and enterprise-wide initiatives that have increased revenue growth and organizational brand eminence.

Michele Redrow

Michele is a Director on the Legacy of Hope board and also serves on the Executive Committee.

mary chicorelli

Professional:  Mary is a certified city planner for Philadelphia, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association as well as the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Pro Bono Honor Roll First Judicial District of Philadelphia.

Bio: Mary’s insight into the legal world is invaluable to Legacy of Hope, both in keeping our daily operations moving fluidly as well as making connections for our patients and their families when needed.

“Michael reached out to me about 2 years ago through mutual friends. We worked together to help a woman with stage 4 cancer get her electricity turned back on after it was shut off during the winter. I’ve been 100% supportive of Mike’s vision since then.”

joseph ruggieri, jr

Education: Bachelor’s of Science from West Chester University in Management and Finance

Bio: As a member of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.’s upper management team, Joseph brings a wealth of knowledge regarding finances, management, team-building and planning to the Legacy of Hope board. Joseph linked up with Michael, our President, and Wells Fargo began supporting Legacy of Hope annually.

“My father passed away from what started as Colon Cancer in 2015. Cancer is horrible and if there is something I can do to help others impacted I would want to be a part of it.”

David April

David is the founder of the Fishtown Beer Runners, an organization with chapters all over the world based here in Philadelphia.

dr. kevin kelly

Dr. Kevin Kelly leads Legacy of Hope’s Scientific Review Board to seek out and support the most promising cancer research in Philadelphia using a merit-based system.  He is Jefferson’s Director of Solid Tumor Oncology.

greg garber

Greg Garber is the director of Oncology Support Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

Gina Mancuso

Gina’s experience as the very successful co-owner of CoreFitness, LLC coupled with her expertise in planning special events makes her the perfect Vice President for Legacy of Hope. With energy, passion, and drive that makes her seem superhuman, Gina’s connection to our mission is a personal one.

“Both my father and my dear childhood friend were diagnosed with cancer within 3 months of one another. They were surrounded and supported by friends and family throughout their battle and until their passing. No one should suffer through a diagnosis alone and, without Legacy of Hope, some people would do just that.”

Michael Rowe

Awards:

Volatile Media Management’s Mover, Shaker, Changemaker Award – February 2017

Miles Mack Community Services & Leadership Honorable Mention – 2016 TJUH Emergency Department Technician of the Year, Physicians Choice Award – 2015

TJUH Emergency Department Technician of the Year, Physicians Choice Award – 2014

Bio:

With his free time so limited, Michael manages to fuse his work with his other passion: running. Whether it is with the Fishtown Beer Runners, our own Team Relentless Hope, or his closest friends, Michael can often be spotted on the streets of Philadelphia keeping himself fit and active.