Bart Yasso Joins Legacy of Hope for PHL24

Most runners know Bart Yasso but, depending on where you are in your running journey, his name could inspire a variety of feelings. If you were a high-school runner, you might have cursed his name as your coach made you run yet another 800. Or maybe you first encountered Yasso in the pages of Runner’s World where you were inspired by his many accomplishments, including running races on every continent, being a 5-time Ironman, and cycling across the United States…twice. He is arguably the best-known figure in the sport and has rightfully been dubbed “The Mayor of Running.”

Legacy of Hope is honored that Yasso will be joining us on Saturday, September 20, 2019 for PHL24 as he participates in memory of his brother, George, and in honor of his other brother, Gerry. “Gerry is going through treatment now and since I’m retired, I’m available to help with some of his transportation to and from treatment,” says Yasso. “It’s so hard for families who are going through a cancer battle to keep up with their daily lives. That’s why the work Legacy of Hope does is so important.” He feels that while fundraising is essential, the increased awareness of what people going through treatment are experiencing is one of the most essential aspects of Legacy of Hope’s work.

Diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 1990, Yasso is familiar with a disease taking a toll on your body and believes running, and movement in general, is helpful in recovery. “Running gave me something to focus on and something to strive for during my flare ups,” he says. He also believes that the feeling of community is a powerful resource for anyone going through an illness and recovery. “When you’re part of a group like the running community, you have less of a chance of feeling isolated, and it’s so powerful for someone who maybe just got diagnosed to see survivors who have come out the other side and are active.” While he laments that his runs often take him twice as long as they used to, he has never lost his runner’s high or his passion for the running community. “You just need to stay in the game.”

“I’m so happy to be a part of PHL24. Rocky came out so long ago and still you can’t go ten minutes at the steps without seeing someone running up, and these people are everyone from 5 year old kids to 75 year olds,” Bart says, “It’s the true underdog story. Cancer is all about underdogs beating the odds and there’s really no better spot to do it. It’s such a powerful show of support.”

Join us for PHL24 on September 20-21, 2019 and climb with Yasso, survivors, current fighters, families, friends, and supporters as we all remember that while sometimes we’re underdogs, you just have to stay in the game.

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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.

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Michele Redrow

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

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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.”

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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.

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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


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

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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.