Service is the Rent…

Legacy of Hope has a knack not only for bringing out the best in people, but for attracting truly exceptional humans to the cause. ,Meghan McVeigh-Maciolek is one of those extraordinary individuals. She exhibits a fierce compassion and dedication to service that would be an outlier in any era, but which is an absolute rarity nowadays. This woman is a juggernaut; she’s as driven athletically as she is tireless in her community service efforts. The following vignette is a perfect illustration of her character. Meghan had set a goal of completing at least 50 miles up and down the fabled “Rocky Steps” at the PHL24 in 2021. At about 4am, after she’d been climbing for 19 hours straight and logged some 35 miles, her Garmin watch died. A panicked search for a battery pack and charger eventually brought it back online (along with her mileage data.) When she realized that her goal was still within striking distance, she proceeded to RUN those steps for the last two hours—after 22 grueling hours of climbing—in order to make it to her goal of 50 miles! She succeeded.

Meghan connected with Legacy of Hope through ,John Sullivan of Earn Your Break during a charity race up a beastly hill affectionately known as “Mother” nestled in Philly’s Wissahickon park. John linked her up with Legacy’s Mike Rowe and Gina Mancuso, who invited her to run the 2021 Love Run as a sponsored athlete. Meghan has been all-in ever since, becoming a pillar of the Legacy of Hope family.

Meghan was born in Philadelphia, raised in Orland, Pennsylvania; and now resides in Fort Washington with her husband, Josh, and their rock star kids, John and Stella. The drive to serve others is in her blood, thanks to her father, Peter McVeigh, who “seemed to have service woven into his DNA.” McVeigh was in the Peace Corps for three years—teaching

English in Ethiopia—after which he started a teaching career at Germantown Academy (GA) that spanned nearly 50 years and included several roles, including founding GA’s community service organization. He retired in 2015, at age 72 and, sadly, was diagnosed with stage II metastatic pancreatic cancer in November of that same year. He passed away in February of 2017.

“The community was absolutely rocked when he died, because he’d mentored thousands of students and had made service part of the GA culture. It’s not just an activity or an extracurricular, it’s a fundamental value of the school—carrying on the things that he did; bringing people together.”

He left a strong legacy in Meghan, who has continued in her father’s footsteps, starting the [GA] alumni community service organization after he passed. “This work, service work, it makes my heart sing. My children are involved not just because I do it, but because they know it’s important. Community service was something I did every single weekend at GA with my dad. As service oriented as he was, dad also had a very wild streak in him, you might say he was impish. He had a card that he’d hand out; it said ‘Please apologize for the behavior of Peter McVeigh on, and there’s a line to fill in the date.’ Every Thanksgiving we share stories about the “good trouble” he got into during his summers in Longport, NJ and have a laugh. They’re epic. But his nature was fundamentally compassionate. He would give back, but he was no BS either. He was a football coach and wanted to push forward with his need to give back. Whether it was teaching, mentoring other teachers and coaches, coaching, service was part of who he was; he passed that down to us. It’s an integral part of who we are.”

Ultimately Meghan hopes to carry her dad’s legacy forward by helping to build a philanthropic, service-based curriculum at GA. “It wouldn’t just be a program but rather something that the students would participate in once a rotation…something that would bring in social activism, philanthropy, education.”

When asked if she has a favorite quote or mantra, Meghan is quick to respond, “Of all the quotes on my dad’s wall, I have two favorites: ‘Service is the rent we pay for living.’ Dad always referenced that quote in any speech he gave. And ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ We are very lucky with what we have; it’s important to give back because of how fortunate we are.”

Playing field hockey and lacrosse in high school and as an undergrad at Dickinson laid a solid foundation for Meghan’s running. She has four marathons, four half marathons, and one triathlon under her belt. She has completed two consecutive PHL24s, logging more than 50 miles each of the grueling 24 hour stair climbs. That seems to have paved the way for her getting into endurance trail racing, as she is training for the ,Everest 29029—where participants have 36 hours to climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest. She’s also preparing for the 36 mile, timed ,Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, as well as the 2023 ,PHL24. Lest she stay idle for too long, Meghan will be running the ,Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon as a Legacy of Sponsored Athlete this Sunday, Mar 26, 2023. Please support this juggernaut’s fundraising as she crushes the 13.1 mile course. If you’re already registered to run the Love Run half marathon or the 7.6k, you can have your registration fee waived by completing this form to receive your fundraising page. Fundraising will be open until April 30th and participants have until that time to raise $250 to have their registration fees refunded.

Meghan shares that “Recently someone made a ,donation to my Love Run fundraiser. I thanked them and they said, ‘you inspire me by doing this work.’ And I said, ‘This is what makes me get up in the morning. And when I can do this, and provide for my family, AND have my kids join me in doing it is just amazing.’” We think so too, Meghan, and we’re honored to have you as part of the family.

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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 

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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.

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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.”

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.

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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.

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.