BethAnn Telford: Constant Warrior & 24-Hour Athlete

Legacy of Hope is proud to announce that BethAnn Telford, endurance athlete and cancer research advocate, will be joining PHL24 2019 as a 24-hour athlete.

BethAnn’s journey to endurance athlete has not been a linear one.

She grew up an active child in Central Pennsylvania, and played organized sports ranging from soccer to hockey to skiing. This base endurance led her to become a marathon runner and triathlete.

In 2004, while at mile 19 of the Marine Corps Marathon, she felt a “pop” in her head. It was then that she began to struggle with balance and memory issues. In early 2005, BethAnn learned she had a brain tumor.

“It’s hard to describe the shock of being diagnosed with brain cancer in my 30’s. I was stunned and everything felt surreal, like it was happening to someone else,” BethAnn said. “Luckily, I had a great support team to help me evaluate my treatment options. We visited multiple hospital and doctors; and decided on Dr. Henry Brem at Johns Hopkins University Hospital as my neurosurgeon. I am very fortunate to have such wonderful care from so many around me.”

After undergoing her first brain surgery that April, Beth Ann was determined to run again, despite the fact she had to relearn how to walk, talk and move. Six weeks after beginning rehab, BethAnn crossed the finish line of a 5K race. Later that year, she was back on the Marine Corps Marathon course, with a quick pause at mile 19 to thank her large network of supporters.

BethAnn has continued to face her health struggles and procedures with the determination that one would expect from an endurance athlete. Since her diagnosis, she has finished 14 more Marine Corps Marathons, 6 Boston Marathons, and became a 3-time Ironman, including the Kona World Championships in Hawaii. She is also a finisher of the 2017 World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons, on 7 continents, in 7 days).

The work that BethAnn is most proud of is not her spectacular athletic record, but her dedication to the brain cancer community. She founded Team BT as part of the Race for Hope DC 5K Run/Walk and has raised more than $1 million dollars for brain cancer research. She is also a fierce supporter of pediatric brain cancer patients and offers a network of support to the children and their families during their treatment.

“BethAnn’s story of courage and resolve through intense pain and uncertainty is remarkable, and something we can all be encouraged by,” said Mike Rowe, CEO and Founder of Legacy of Hope. “She is hope personified.”

When Legacy of Hope reached out to BethAnn regarding PHL24, she enthusiastically agreed.

“I am so excited to be part of the Legacy of Hope and the PHL24 event. As a cancer survivor and advocate for cancer research, I know first-hand how hard it is for cancer patients and families to find the support they need, especially with the stress and uncertainty related to receiving treatment,” BethAnn said. “Having an organization like Legacy of Hope provide financial support, counseling, and other services helps patients and families focus more on getting well and less on worrying about other things.”

Register to join BethAnn in her tireless fight for the cancer community.

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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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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.