A young senior citizen

Maree Lavo is a self-described “young senior citizen”. After 30+ years as an executive in the beauty industry, Maree is now retired and has time for the things she is truly passionate about; staying active, pursuing a creative path, and connecting with people. “My mission is to share the beauty in our world, whether it’s highlighting the wonders of mother nature, creating in my studio or bringing people together. I realize how fortunate I am to have the life that I lead therefore my mission is to give back and be of service”.

Maree was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Now cancer free, she feels extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by devoted friends, family, and dedicated doctors while she was receiving treatment. Maree admits, “I was afraid, but I was never alone”.

This fitness enthusiast relies on physical activity to maintain her health and vibrancy. Whether walking her daily 10k steps between Fairmount Park and Center City or working out with intensity at the Art Museum steps, Maree doesn’t miss her daily dose of exercise. “It’s my first activity of the day and is the basis for my physical, mental, and emotional positivity. She signed up for the Love Run and Philly Runs Free inorder to be a part of the community of helpers and fundraisers.

“I’m excited to be participating in the Love Run because I want to support and offer hope where it’s critically needed”.

“Legacy of Hope speaks so clearly to me because it’s right here in my backyard and I can see exactly what happens with the donations. I was able to deliver groceries to cancer patients in need…I saw the power of community in action! Anyone who is interested in volunteering should do a grocery delivery to see how meaningful it is to bring fresh, healthy food to the doorstep of a cancer patient, to see the look on their face, the expression of gratitude and the hope that you give them firsthand. That experience will carry me forever. That’s why I’m doing the Love Run”.

Maree quickly reached her initial Philly Runs Free fundraising goal, but she wants to do more. “I really do believe what Mike (Rowe) said, that together we can eliminate hunger for cancer patients in Philadelphia. I want to do everything I can to make this a reality”. When asked what she would say to other ‘young senior citizens’ who are thinking of participating in the Love Run, Maree offers, “Just do it! You’re going to be buoyed by everyone else on the same path. We’ll all be in it together”.

Please support Maree and Legacy of Hope at Maree’s fundraising page.

Visit ,www.PhillyRunsFree.com and sign up to walk or run the Love Run on March 27th with Maree and others who are passionate about being part of a community that truly makes a difference for cancer patients in Philadelphia – raise $250 and your registration is free.

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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.