Meet Brendan Mackey, Drexel University College of Medicine, class of 2025. Sponsored by G2Philly as a 24 hour athlete for PHL24, Brendan will climb the Art Museum steps for 24 continuous hours so that cancer patients in Philadelphia don’t have to fight alone. This is Brendan’s story…

Brendan grew up in Danvers, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. His decision to become a physician stems primarily from some powerful moments he shared with cancer patients and their families during his time as a coordinator of cancer clinical trials at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “My experiences led me to realize that illness affects not only the patient, but also the lives of those close to them. I learned that while illness places a significant strain on families, it can also enable people to understand the importance of those same relationships. This realization has served as my motivation to become a physician—to help my patients have more time with the people who truly matter to them”.

Prior to starting medical school, Brendan worked at the ,Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine, interviewing patients with advanced cancer, who knew their time with loved ones was limited. He recorded deeply personal interviews and produced a documentary film for each patient. These films became lasting memories for family and friends allowing patients to leave their legacy. “I helped patients tell their story for different reasons. Most memorably, some chose to record memories of the upbringing of their children so that they could listen once they were old enough to understand. Another recorded their earliest memories with their spouse before undergoing an operation that would cause them to lose their voice for the remainder of their time together. It was an experience that led to some incredibly meaningful conversations that helped me to better understand the different ways that cancer could impact a person and their loved ones”.

Brendan’s compassion for those living with cancer developed through the important work he has done in Boston and in Lewiston. Here in Philadelphia, he continues to be a difference-maker through his participation in PHL24, Legacy of Hope’s 24 hour stair climb.

“I heard about PHL24 from friends at Requisite Fitness who are climbing in memory of Trevor Budny, who passed away from cancer earlier this year. I have always been enthusiastic about fitness and when I first moved to Philly, I was new to CrossFit and wanted to train somewhere with great coaches and a community that was fun and welcoming. Micah and Jay have been just that and Requisite Fitness is a place that I look forward to going to when I’m taking a break from studying”. Brendan is climbing in support of Team Trevor, as well as in memory of his cousin, Rachael.

Despite having lived in Philadelphia for only a year, Brendan feels strongly connected to the community. “The people I’ve met in medical school, and through fitness would trip over themselves to help someone if needed. It’s not surprising to see how many people from Requisite Fitness have turned out for this event, and, likewise, how many of my colleagues have supported the cause with donations”.

To support Brendan’s efforts to ease the burden for cancer patients in Philadelphia, please visit his page ,here.

PHL24 starts at 9 AM on Saturday September 10th at the Art Museum steps.

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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.”

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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.

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David April

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.