24 Hour Runner: Steph McGinley

There are two things that Steph McGinley won’t shy away from: helping others and frighteningly long endurance events. That’s why she so enthusiastically signed up to be a 24-hour runner at PHL24 2019.

“I have participated in a few 24-hour races previously, so I knew I’d be up for the challenge, at least endurance-wise.” Steph said. As a 4-time finisher of Back on My Feet’s 20 In 24, she has an impressive PR of 76 miles. “What really brought me to this event was learning more about Legacy of Hope’s mission and seeing the impact that they’ve had in the Philadelphia area.”

Steph’s connection to Legacy of Hope began earlier this year as a participant in the Love Run, which benefits Legacy of Hope. She sees PHL24 as a continuation of her efforts, both physically and financially.

“This event raises awareness for the financial struggles that cancer patients can face, which is so important. I wanted to do something that can help,” Steph said. “I know there are so many who are in need of the services that Legacy of Hope provides.”

Like many others, Steph has first-hand experience with the pain that can be caused when a loved one faces a cancer diagnosis. She is climbing in memory of her cousin, Sara Jones.

“Sara lost her battle with cancer in 2015. She was one of the kindest, smartest, and most caring people I will ever know. I have seen the impact she had on so many people throughout her life,” Steph said. “It can be hard, but hopefully I will make my aunt and family proud.”

Steph’s focus on her family will be her motivation when the 24-hour event gets tough. She encourages the other participants who might be nervous about tackling an endurance event to remember that showing up is all that matters. When the going gets tough, she likes to quote Snoopy: “Keep looking up, that’s the secret of life!”

“Kindness is never lost and showing up for just one climb will help someone. Even making a small impact will keep me moving forward.”

Legacy of Hope knows that Steph’s family is as proud of her as we are! Click here to show your support. If you are interested in sponsoring her, please contact Mike@legacyofhope.life. To join Steph and the other participants, register here.

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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.”

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.