I Run for Those Who Cannot...
On March 27th, 2022 I am running the Philadelphia Love Half Marathon, and dedicating every mile to ensuring no cancer patients in Philadelphia, or their families, go hungry. I learned about Legacy of Hope during my fellowship with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. The patient advocacy community in Philadelphia is strong and includes a network of really inspiring individuals. I was fortunate to connect with Michael Rowe, the founder of this amazing organization through my work with Athletes Fighting Cancer. While the majority of my focus throughout my oncology training has been on learning chemotherapy, Mike increased my awareness of the challenges that families face after they return home from a hospital or clinic visit. I learned that each week, families across Philadelphia with a loved one fighting cancer are also experiencing financial hardships and struggling with basic living expenses such as food, rent, and utilities. Legacy of Hope created the Emergency Patient Support Network in partnership with Philadelphia hospitals to quickly identify financially disadvantaged Philadelphia cancer patients, and provide emergency support; preventing hunger and homelessness. The goal is simple: ensure families in Philadelphia with a loved one fighting cancer never go hungry again.
Running used to be one of the best forms of therapy for me, in addition to creating memories and a sense of community with close friends.
Then these two came along and I found plenty of excuses to avoid getting outside for some exercise
Winnie and Everett are almost 2.5 years old
As I prioritize finding time to train for this race, I'll need your support.
It won't be pretty, but I promise to put forth the effort and finish.
If you are able to, please contribute to this important organization.
Every dollar helps.
Thank you so much!
*Thanks to the guy who taught me the value of getting outside as much as you can*
Legacy of Hope, like most other organizations, has been impacted by the current events, economic downturn, and event cancellations, yet Legacy of Hope refuses to scale back its emergency patient support operations because a resulting loss of life will never be an option.
Over the next few months, we will train, have fun doing what we love, bring our city together, and make some incredible memories along the way. In doing so we’ve been given an awesome opportunity to ensure no family in Philadelphia goes hungry because a loved one is fighting cancer, creating a legacy which will outlive all of us. Our goal for the Love Run 2022 (Philly Runs Free campaign) is $250,000. This will ensure that no family living in Philadelphia goes hungry or loses their home because a loved one has cancer. No elderly parent, or spouse, or child, or cancer patient will have to wonder where their next meal will come from, or will they will live.
|Anonymous Friend||03/26/2022||$50.00||Cynthia Leach||03/25/2022||$20.00||Jenna Ryan||03/25/2022||$50.00||Run like the wind!! Keep doing good! Love to the Terry’s!!||Kathleen Carbonetti||03/25/2022||$26.06||Deb Westwater||03/25/2022||$200.00||Proud of you, Chris!||Michele Terry||03/25/2022||$500.00||Trace Bilski||03/25/2022||$40.00||When I do an organized hike/run, people often ask, “How was your time?” Always loving the energy and being in nature, I reply, “I had a great time!” ? Have the “best” time!||Lindsay Wilde||03/23/2022||$26.06||So proud of you, Chris!||Margaret Kasner||02/25/2022||$26.06||Have a great run!||Kate Yingling||02/24/2022||$52.34||Amy Leader||02/23/2022||$51.80||Thanks for running, Chris, and for all that you do for SKCC patients!||Carol Gung||02/23/2022||$100.00||Thank you for all you do for our cancer patients. You're rockin' the superhero thing with all your volunteer work.||Anonymous Friend||02/15/2022||$20.91|