Adapt and Thrive

Being able to say “I’m cancer free” two years into a five year treatment plan is a beautiful thing; add running (with your friends) in the 2022 Love Run as a Legacy of Hope sponsored athlete and you’ve got the icing on the cake. And ,Jenna Lampe is ready to enjoy both.

Originally from Ridley Park, Lampe has lived in Philly’s Fairmount section since 2006. An athlete ever since she could pick up a baseball bat, she competed in collegiate softball for four years, and in basketball for a year. Lampe credits fitness with helping her bounce back from the five surgeries she’s undergone since her 2020 breast cancer diagnosis. “Being in good shape physically has 100% helped me to rebound very quickly from all the surgeries, and to heal pretty well. I’m a big proponent of maintaining a good fitness level. It does wonders. It helps you clear your head, and the physical benefits of being active are great. If I wasn’t healthy before cancer, I don’t think my recovery would have gone as well.”

In June 2020 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As she puts it, “I decided to be radical—in order to not have to deal with recurrences—and had a double mastectomy.” Between July 2020 to November 2021 she endured a total of five surgeries—for tissue removal, reconstruction and taking care of a post-op infection.

“I’ve struggled trying to get back to being in my best shape; it’s been a long road.” That may be true, but little more than a year after her diagnosis (and multiple surgeries), she participated in the PHL24 as a sponsored 24-hour athlete. Lampe logged an impressive 26 miles of climbing the iconic “Rocky” steps before to bowing out because of a piriformis injury (the piriformis is a muscle deep in the buttock, located beneath the gluteus maximus). While Lampe might be frustrated that she’s not yet back at peak fitness, she is mindful enough to tell herself “I’ve had two years where I’ve been on and off. I give myself some grace with the recovery.” By “on and off” Lampe is referring to not being able to workout for stretches of 6-8 weeks; in addition to shutting down any weight lifting and upper body exercises. She states “I was limited to low-impact efforts like walking and riding my Peloton.” Peak fitness or not, her efforts are admirable.

When asked what advice she’d give to someone who just received a breast cancer diagnosis, Lampe doesn’t hesitate for a second before responding: “Take the time you need to heal and figure out a plan. Always seek a second opinion. Also, find a great therapist to talk to. I was fortunate enough to connect with two women—one a few years younger than me and one about ten years older—with very similar paths and diagnoses. We’ve become good friends; they really understand the struggles and challenges. I would recommend that everyone try to find a friend who has a similar diagnosis. Your cancer team or provider may be able to connect you with someone they feel would be a good fit. I’ve relied heavily on these two women for support, for laughs, even for nights that we just cry. That’s key in overcoming the diagnosis.” Lampe adds “The most important lesson for me in all this is adapting—being able to make changes, not only in terms of your profession, but in terms of dealing with what’s been handed to you; and moving on to continue living your life having made those changes.”

Lampe’s connection with Legacy of Hope began with a visit to a Saturday morning Core-Fitness bootcamp, with Gina Mancuso. “I was a couple months out from one of my surgeries. I was cleared to workout, and a friend of mine thought I would love this group. I spoke with Gina before class to let her know my limitations, and if she didn’t see me doing push ups or planks I’d need some alternatives. After a couple classes, Gina asked if I’d be interested in doing the PHL24 and the Love Run. I said, “Of course, why not? And now, here we are week out from the Love Run.” Lampe plans to continue participating in Legacy’s events and also wants to get more involved with grocery deliveries for Legacy’s Emergency Patient Support Network “To help the community, to let people know that there are patients out there—neighbors even—that need our help. I want to be part of that.”

You can run with Jenna on March 27, 2022 in the Love Run 7k, or push yourself to complete the half marathon. Whatever your pleasure, there’s still time to register at ,PhillyRunsFree.com; if you raise $250 for Legacy of Hope, your registration fee will be refunded and you’ll race for free. If you’re not running/walking in the Love Run but you’d like to support Jenna’s efforts to ensure that families in Philadelphia with a loved one fighting cancer never go hungry you can donate at her, Love Run fundraiser.

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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.