Quincy Harris – “You Get More By Giving”

Legacy of Hope is proud to announce that Quincy Harris will be their newest board member. But the relationship between Quincy and Legacy of Hope does not start here. It goes back to March 30th, 2019 when Quincy Harris received a phone call from a friend of his, Christian Crosby.  Christian is the on court personality for the Philadelphia 76ers as well as the CEO of Live Life Nice.  But that was not what he called to discuss.  Christian was running a half marathon called The Philly Love Run the next day to raise money for Legacy of Hope.  After explaining what the money would be used for Quincy felt moved to accept.  See, it was almost 2 years to the date that Quincy tragically lost his mother to cancer.  So on less than 1 days notice Quincy Harris ran the Philly Love Run Half Marathon to honor his late mother.

While he has proclaimed himself to not be the greatest athlete, he was able to finish the half marathon faster than both his friend Christian and Legacy of Hope President Mike Rowe.  This sparked a great friendship between Quincy and Mike.  Mike has appeared on Quincy’s television show ,,The Q on Fox 29 multiple times since that race to talk about Legacy of Hope,  including earlier in January just before this year’s Love Run when Mike promised to beat Quincy this time.  The two shared a back and forth on who would win but also some meaningful conversation about what Legacy of Hope does. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we did not get to see the rematch but Quincy did laughingly say,

“Mike has another year to train to lose.  We are doing it for a good cause but he’ll never beat me.”  

But their friendship is not all competitive.  Quincy has become a great advocate for Legacy of Hope.  He even shared some great admiration for Mike, saying that it is Mike’s passion and what he does for patients that made him want to get more involved.  He also mentioned that the work Legacy of Hope has done is tremendous. During the COVID-19 pandemic Legacy of Hope has been able to provide groceries for countless cancer patients and their families. Quincy also noted two moments that were particularly memorable for him. The first was the time when he joined Mike at Jefferson Hospital. They were there to surprise a cancer patient during her treatment and inform her that her hospital bills were being covered by Legacy of Hope. The second was ,,interviewing cancer survivor Will Peoples on his show. But at his core he truly loves the opportunity to honor his mother’s memory by supporting people with the same disease that took her life.

Quincy speaks very highly of his friend Mike, but the admiration goes both ways.

“Quincy’s passion for life is contagious. He’s the type of person, the kind of friend, whose leadership lifts everyone up around him”

It is easy to see why Quincy was the perfect candidate to be Legacy of Hope’s newest board member. But talk is cheap. Quincy is putting his money, or more accurately his body, where his mouth is. He will be climbing the Rocky steps for 24 hours straight from September 19th at 9 a.m. to September 20th at 9 a.m. The climb is part of a fundraiser named PHL24. They will attempt to raise $50,000 for Legacy of Hope’s Emergency Patient Network, a network providing emergency support for Philadelphia cancer patients and their families from every major hospital in Philadelphia. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, this year’s PHL24 will be closed to the public. If you would like to support Quincy’s campaign even though you cannot be there cheering him on in person, you can donate ,,here.

And be sure to check out the following accounts for updates and news leading up to the event:

Instagram – @legacyofhope_phl

Twitter – @LegacyOfHopePHL

Facebook – Legacy of Hope

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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.