Stephanie Mcginley

Stephanie McGinley is a selfless athlete whose passion for running is matched only by her commitment to those less fortunate. As a Legacy of Hope sponsored athlete for the last two years, the lives her determination, compassion, and athleticism have touched are innumerable. If you get the opportunity to run with Stephanie you’ll appreciate both her wit and her encouragement, but don’t let her kind and humble demeanor fool you into thinking she isn’t fast and competitive. Recently dubbed the silent assassin by Swagga House Run Club co-founder Josh Perez, Stephanie is a talented runner with a huge heart who we are proud to have represent Legacy of Hope.

1. What is something about yourself that most people would not know?

  1. Once I tie my sneakers, I never untie them. They become slip-on sneakers indefinitely.
  2. I ran cross country my senior year of high school, so they had enough people for a team. I came in dead last every race, which is funny now that I run so much.
  3. I worked at Sesame Place in high school. It was great character building.
  4. I love tortilla chips and would eat chips and dip for every meal if it was acceptable.

2. What do you do for a living?

I’m a program manager for Comcast Business’ Customer and Digital Experience team. I collaborate with various groups to manage projects focusing on improving the customer experience and educational process across our website. It can be anything from merchandising what products a customer can buy to supporting marketing campaigns or the development of new product education pages.

It is very fast-paced, and the work and projects are constantly changing, which makes it fun. I also work with a fantastic group of people who support each other and have fun doing what we do. I’m grateful that I get to do what I love every day and have been able to make a career in the digital space.

3. Tell us about your family?

They’re the best! They’re incredibly supportive of everything I do, especially if it is for Legacy of Hope. I wouldn’t have been able to support Legacy of Hope in the manner I have if it wasn’t for them. Multiple family members have had cancer in some capacity, so they understand the importance of what we are doing through the Love Run and Philly Runs Free.

I like to think my parents instilled in me the value of relationships and doing what you can to help others. They worked extremely hard and sacrificed a lot for my brother and me. I know I was the child that drove them nuts growing up, but I know I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for them and the safe and loving home they gave us.

I have an older brother (a year and a half older) who has accomplished so much and has a passion for helping others and giving back. Plus, he brought the world’s best sister-in-law into our family when he met his wife and my two adorable nieces, who I’m obsessed with.

4. How long have you been running, and what would you tell someone who is nervous to start running, or sign up for the Love Run?

I’ve been running since 2010; I had run Broad Street and, after signing up for the Philly Marathon on a whim. I had played lacrosse for a bit in college, but after I stopped, I got a bit lazy. I was looking for something to do that would challenge me and help me get back in shape. I didn’t know what I was doing, but it gave me something to work towards. Once I was at the race, I was hooked and loved everything about the environment, the people, and its benefits in all aspects of my life.

It seems scary, especially if you’re new to running, but if someone is nervous to start running or sign up for the Love Run, I’d say just go for it! The best part about running is that anyone can do it, and we all have been in the place where we are beginners. Even later, we might end up being beginners again at some point because life happens. But you’ll have the bonus of knowing you’ll get a group of new friends to help support you along your way! And there’s always something to learn from running, so it’s a fantastic new life experience you’ll have!

5. Why do you support Legacy of Hope? What is your backstory? Do you have a connection to cancer?

My mom and many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins have had some form of cancer. Candidly, I was going through a rough patch in life for other reasons a few years ago. I had still been running, but I didn’t have a clear direction because of what else I had going on. I knew I needed to do something, and I wanted to get involved in something that would give back to my community. I thought about my cousin Sara and how she was always such a loving and kind person. She did so much for the people around her, including complete strangers, because it was the right thing to do. She got her angel wings when she was only 36 in October of 2015 after a courageous 4-year battle with Multiple Myeloma.

I think it happened to be a moment of serendipity. When I registered for the Love Run, there was an option to raise money for Legacy of Hope. So, I signed up to do that. I talked to Mike and then ran PHL24 that year and each year since in memory of Sara.

I continue to support Legacy of Hope because I believe in its mission. The process and battle with cancer are always hard in any capacity. I think Legacy of Hope is right; no person or family should have to worry about where their next meal might come from or about their home, utilities, et cetera while fighting cancer.

We all receive some form of help along our adventure through life. No matter what it looks like, I think it is important that if we have the means to help someone else, we should.

6. Outside of running, what do you like to do?

I love to spend as much time outside as I can; I’m that annoying friend who always makes everyone sit outside and walk everywhere because ‘it’s not that far.’ Philly is great for that reason; almost everything is walkable and makes it easy to check out all the city offers. I also love photography, doodling, going on hikes, and beach days in the summer. And seeing friends and family, of course!

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Why should people register for the Love Run and be part of Philly Runs Free?

Folks should register for the Love Run and Philly Runs Free because it is an easy way to get involved with Legacy of Hope and support the families in need in Philadelphia. You will be directly impacting the life of a cancer patient in Philadelphia and helping Legacy of Hope advance its mission in several ways. If you’re new to running, the group runs are also a great way to meet other runners and have a plan to get to the finish. Plus, you’ll get an incredible group of new friends that will support you along the way.

Join Stephanie in the Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon by signing up at PhillyRunsFree.com, or support her here!

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Michele Redrow

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

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.”

greg garber

Greg Garber is the director of Oncology Support Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

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.

David April

David is the founder of the Fishtown Beer Runners, an organization with chapters all over the world based here in Philadelphia.

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.”

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.”

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.

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 

Bryan Lathrop

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Maree Lavo

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Carol Sollenberger

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Rebecca Blinn

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Nia Andrews

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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 

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.