Keep Showing Up

Legacy of Hope is proud to welcome 29-year-old Cameron Brown as our latest sponsored athlete for the ,Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon. This Germantown, Maryland native transplanted to Philly some eight months ago and enrolled as a fulltime student in Temple’s post-baccalaureate pre-med program. He hopes to start medical school this Fall, after which he plans to become an orthopedic surgeon in the Navy. Achieving these goals will make him the first physician in his family, as well as the first to serve in the armed forces.

The Love Run will be Cameron’s first half marathon, but he is no newcomer to running, “I ran track and field in high school and was more of a mid-distance runner. Sometimes I was with the sprinters, other times I was with the cross country runners. Running a half marathon has always been on my bucket list; so I figured, since I’m in a new city and medical school seems like it’s going to work out, that I would go for it, and I registered for the Love Run.”

Love Run’s ,Philly Runs Free registration option caught Brown’s attention because he’s inclined to help others. “You raise $250 for Legacy of Hope to help cancer patients in Philly and your registration fee is waived. That was a no-brainer for me since I’m going into medicine. I get the chance to do a half marathon and raise money for cancer patients—two birds with one stone.”

Given his track and field history, along with an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland, Brown is well organized and knee-deep in his training regimen for the 13.1 miler on 3/26/23. He works out six days a week. In these first four weeks of training, he runs three miles on Mondays, 3.5 miles on Tuesdays, three at race pace on Wednesdays, strength training Thursdays, 3.5 miles at around a nine minute pace Fridays, and mixes things up on Saturdays with ,Yasso 800s and occasional cardio sessions in the pool. He does all this by following the simple mantra—Keep Showing Up. “Whatever you’re doing, you’ll see results if you keep showing up. Not everybody gets the opportunity to do what I‘m doing; I understand that it’s a privilege to be able to do it. And that keeps me going. Training for a specific event is also really helpful.” An added benefit of Brown’s workouts is that they help to alleviate the stress induced by the heavy workload of his rigorous post-bac program.

Thus far, Brown has had the good fortune of being impacted only peripherally by cancer. But he has been able to see repercussions of a cancer diagnosis through the eyes of his friends who’ve felt cancer’s impact more directly. “It’s not easy for people to be able to balance paying for treatment, keeping a roof over their head, and food on the table, the whole deal.”

Cameron shares that he feeds his soul by keeping in touch with his family back in Maryland. “I’m a big family guy, so hopping on the phone or FaceTime just to check in with them is great. My faith also definitely feeds my soul. I’m a big faith guy. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m religious, but my relationship with Christ is huge, and helps me stay in touch.”

Two years ago, Brown was introduced to the nutrition/fitness supplement company, 1st Phorm, through a friend. He has since become an official 1st Phorm Legionnaire. “Essentially I’m a coach to help people achieve the fitness results they want. I love it. I’m proud to be a part of their team because, to me, they represent what a healthcare provider should be about. Through their app you have access to nutritionists, dietitians, personal trainers, physical therapists—the whole gamut; and they’re monitoring your progress through the app. More than anything, I’d say that 1st Phorm is a group of people who want to educate people on how to live a healthy lifestyle. You gotta walk the walk. It’s always easier to guide people when you are living what you advocate on a day-to-day basis. I’m holding myself accountable; so now I can be in a healthy place to help hold other people accountable.”

Brown is right, accountability (and showing up) is everything. Given his tendency to “always try to make people feel welcome, included, seen, and heard,” it’s clear that he’s not only chosen the right career path but that he’s doing all the work needed to manifest his objectives. You can support Cameron in his first half marathon by ,donating to his Legacy of Hope fundraiser, if you’d like to make a go at running your first half marathon, you can run alongside him by registering at ,Philly Runs Free.

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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.