PHL24 Event

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September 14th at 9am – September 15th 2024 at 9am
Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy   |  Philadelphia, PA 19130

We are grateful to Brown’s Super Stores for their support as the Title Sponsor and being an integral part of the Emergency Patient Support Network”

What is PHL24

PHL24 is a 24 hour stair climbing endurance event held annually at the Art Museum steps in Philadelphia.

On September 14th and 15th, 2024 we will climb the Rocky Steps for 24 continuous hours so that no cancer patient in Philadelphia or Camden County goes without food on their tables or a roof over their heads because of their diagnosis.

We promise never to quit, but we need your support.  With a fundraising goal of $250,000, we remain steadfast in our resolve to make a lasting impact on the lives of those who have nowhere else to turn. 

From its inception, PHL24 has embodied tenacity, with participants demonstrating gritty resilience and an unwavering commitment to getting the job done.  Now entering its 7th year, PHL24 is gearing up to tackle another audacious goal:  Raise $250,000 to open the Emergency Patient Support Community Center.  

The PHL24 in 2024 fundraising goal of $250,000 is bold because our patients’ needs are critical. With your support, achieving this goal will enable us to acquire a building that will serve as the Emergency Patient Support Community Center. The Center will be a hub of essential services for cancer patients and their families who are facing hunger and homelessness because they are too sick to work.  While this journey won’t be easy,  our commitment and resolve are unwavering.  

We promise to leave our Legacy of Hope.

Check out the Emergency Patient Support Network.  To date we have prevented hunger for 6,742 patients in Philadelphia and Camden County.  With your support we can do so much more.

Ensure NO Philadelphia Cancer Patient or Family Member Goes Hungry or Homeless Because a Loved One Is Fighting Cance

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BE PART OF PHL24

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed day and night. Please contact us for the details.

Donate

The EPSN exists so that no cancer patient in Philadelphia goes without food on their table or a roof over their head. Donate to support this initiative.

YOUR IMPACT

On September 9th and 10th, 2023 our city came together on the Art Museum steps in Philadelphia to witness the power of community. There were 30 athletes climbing the stairs for 24 continuous hours, and there was so much more. The dedication of the athletes, volunteers, staff, police officers, medics, sponsors, families, friends, and donors highlights the power of unity and compassion.

Together, we raised $188,000 which allowed us to purchase a house that, within 4 short weeks, was renovated into the Legacy of Hope Home. This house is now home to a single mom with brain cancer, and her 4 children. This house is a warm, clean space where they can all lay their heads at night knowing that they have an entire city of people pulling for them. The transformative impact of this initiative is profound. Not only did it provide a safe haven to a family in need, but it also ensures that the Legacy of Hope Home will continue to serve as a lifeline for others facing similar hardships.

This is the impact of your efforts. This is what we can do when we come together to make a lasting difference. It’s time to do it again.

YOUR LEGACY

We received an emergency referral for a 25 year old woman who lost her mother to cancer one year ago. Her mother’s death meant that in an instant, she became the primary caregiver for her two younger, school-aged siblings. Shockingly, this young woman was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer just a few months after her mom passed away. She’s been unable to work since her diagnosis and is quickly falling behind on the household bills.

Through the incredible support of the Legacy of Hope community, not only were we able to provide essential supplies for this young woman and her siblings, but we were also able to catch her up with rent payments, which prevented eviction.

When you make a donation to a 24-hour athlete at PHL24, you will be supporting countless families like the one described above. You will be a bright spot when it feels like there is nowhere else to turn. Your donation means that patients and their families will have food on their tables, a roof over their heads and heat in the cold winter months. Your donation means that others will have hope.

OFFICIAL TRAINING SCHEDULE

Date Location Post Event Get Together
Sunday August 7th 8 AM
Art Musuem Steps
Brunch: TBD
Saturday August 13th 8 AM
Art Museum Steps
Brunch: TBD

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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.