24 Hour Runner: Sophorn Choup Duggan

A member of the CoreFitness community since 2011, Sophorn has spent a considerable amount of time on the Art Museum steps. It might be why she didn’t shy away from the 24-hour challenge last year and why she is back for more in 2019!

“I want to show my support for CoreFitness and Legacy of Hope,” Sophorn says. “CoreFitness has been a part of my fitness life for so long and I believe in Legacy of Hope’s mission of providing support to local cancer patients and families in need. I want to do my part for this valuable cause.”

“I don’t know the exact number, but I think it was in the ballpark of 50 miles. Or maybe more?” Sophorn plans to have a strategy for keeping better track of her miles this year. Other than tracking her miles, Sophorn plans to go with the flow and do her best to keep moving.

In addition to having friends join her for different parts of the 24-hour climb, Sophorn is going to break up her experience with…more exercise? “I plan to incorporate strength exercises such as planks, push-ups, and sit-ups to keep myself moving,” Sophorn says. She is also planning to take breaks every hour, replenish her system with snacks and beverages, and change clothes “It’s surprising how a change of shirt will make you feel re-energized and refreshed!”

Even with her advanced planning, Sophorn knows she might struggle with motivation during the long event. “One of my favorite quotes is by Helen Keller, ‘Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.’ I believe that being optimistic helps build mental toughness to do things you may feel are impossible or overwhelming.”

Sophorn’s first 24-hour journey was inspired by her childhood best friend, Kada Phe, who lost her fight to breast cancer and passed away in 2014 at 34 years old. “She had a way of making everyone she met feel like her best friend. She was free spirited, outgoing, and had a great sense of humor,” Sophorn says. “I am climbing in her memory again – to honor my beautiful friend and celebrate her life.” She believes that her friend would be proud of her for undertaking this challenge.

Much like Kada Phe, Legacy of Hope and CoreFitness are very proud of Sophorn! If you are interested in becoming Sophorn’s sponsor, please email mike@legacyofhope.life. To join Sophorn in the climb, register for PHL24.

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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


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


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.