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Philly Big Climb Phillies Ticket Raffle Contest!

This year we are offering a Phillies Ticket Raffle Contest to help you raise money for Team CoreFitness and the Philly Big Climb.

Phanatic Childrens Book Free to Children 14 years and under

You can donate to win the Phillies Ticket Raffle Contest. With every $25 donation to Team CoreFitness you will receive 1 chance and a $50 donation will get you 3 chances.

You will be entered to win 4 Phillies tickets in Diamond Club and a Parking Pass or 2 Phillies tickets in Diamond Club and a Parking Pass. The winning game tickets are for Saturday, May 6 vs. The Nationals @ 7:05 PM (Phanatic Reading Night)

Once team members raise their $100 fundraising goal, they will get 1 chance to win the tickets.


Big Climb Philly 2017

This year, the second annual Big Climb Philly 2017 will take place on May 13th at One Commerce Square, 2005 Market St, Philadelphia Pa 19103. Participants will climb the 41 story stairs of the 565-foot office building to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year my family and I took part in the First Annual Big Climb Philly. The event itself is amazing, but what brought the Big Climb to Philadelphia is an even better story. The Big Climb was originally called the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb in Seattle, WA. The event is a yearly fundraiser that is open to Firefighters. These firefighters climb 69 floors and 1,356 steps of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. What makes this event remarkable is that the firefighters complete this in full structural firefighting gear. This event is symbolic for the firefighters. It symbolizes the fight all cancer patients endure and that each step is a step towards a cure for blood cancer. (more…)

Rides for October

unknownSat. Oct. 8, Black Bear Century Ride, Delaware Water Gap, PA

This is a great time of year to ride The Delaware Water Gap to see the fall foliage. There is a choice of 7 different routes, 32-107 miles through the National Park.


dd80a20e14b8befd83f3aed35b4f5cbeSat. Oct. 8, New Holland Bicycle Race, New Holland, PA.

Ride 30 or 50 mi scenic road course around Lancaster County with a 4,300-4,600 ft climb.


copy_of_bikeforbancroft_sponsor Sun. Oct. 9, Bike for Bancroft, Mt. Laurel, NJ.

Ride 5, 25, 45 or 65 mi through Burlington County. Minimum fundraising amount is $200 which benefits Bancroft, a leading provider of programs and  support for children and adults with autism or intellectual or developmental disabilities.



The 19th Annual Great Eastern State Breakout Race – October 1st

 is  co-hosting the 19th Annual Great Eastern State Breakout Race which is one of the neighborhood’s most loved 5k’s this fall!Join “Team CoreFitness” for this one-of-a-kind 5K USATF-sanctioned road race through Fairmount and Historic Girard College.  After the race, enjoy one of the best post-race breakfasts in the City of Philadelphia!

Great course, great company, register as part of “Team CoreFitness” today!

CORE-FITNESS-NEWS-080216-170X400-000When:Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Brown Street Lawn, 22nd and Brown Streets Philadelphia, PA 19130

5K Race—8:30AM
Kids Fun Run—9:15AM

Entry Fee:
By September 1st— $25
September 2nd to October 1st — $30
Day of race — $35

After the 5K race, we will hold our 5th Annual Kids Fun Run—1/2 mile run around the historic Eastern State Penitentiary. Use the link below to register for the Kids Fun Run.

Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park (FESPP) contributes a portion of the race proceeds to the Bache-Martin Home and School Association.

They also need volunteers! Click here to volunteer.

You can also support a runner or team by donating here!

Register Now for This 5k Event

Please mention you found out about this event from Shinethruyou.com!



August and September Charity Bike Rides

Summer is comming to an end, but there is still plenty of time to get some riding in before the winter months. Here is a list of charity rides in Pennsylvania to check out.

August Charity Bike Rides
Sat. Aug. 6, Dog Daze Century
, West Chester, PA.dogdays

You have the option to ride 25, 50, 75 or 100 mi through the scenic roads of Western Chester County. All rides start at the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, located 6 miles west of West Chester on route 842.



Sat. Aug. 6, Farm to Fork Fondo, Lancaster, PA.gf-fork-bike-logo

Ride through scenic Amish country in Lancaster County. The Farm to Fork Fondo series brings awareness to farms and their beautiful landscapes. All of the funds raised will be donated to local farms and farm organizations. Find more information here  



friendincSat. Aug. 13, Brake the Cycle of Poverty, Kutztown PA

Join Friend, Inc. Community Services for the 7th annual “Brake the Cycle of Poverty”  bike ride from 8 AM-2 PM at Saucony Creek Brewing Company, 15032 Kutztown Road, Kutztown PA. Choose from 10, 25, 40 or 62 mile routes.



Sun. Aug. 14, CF Cycle for Life, Conshohocken, PA.cf

Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Choose from three routes: a 20 or 34 mile routes perfect for any skill level, or the 65 mile route for more of a challenge. Afterwards, you get a free beverage from The Conshohocken Brewing Company.


Spring and Summer Charity Bike Rides

Be Well Philly just posted an article about the top 1o spring and summer charity bike rides in and around Philadelphia. We are excited that they advertised three rides that benefit the American Cancer Society. To see the full article, click HERE.Bike-a-Thone-Bridge-to-the-Beach

Tap into Spring
When: Saturday, April 23rd.
Where: Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery, 646 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill.
Registration: $25.

This 25- to 30-mile bike ride is a loop course around the Lafayette Hill area that has two route options, one for novices and one for more advanced riders. Afterward, bikers will get to enjoy a barbeque with plenty of craft beer available. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Hilly Philly Bike Tour
When: Saturday, May 14th.
Where: Winnie’s LeBus Manayunk, 4266 Main Street, Manayunk.
Registration: $25.

 This 30-mile route travels over the peaks of the Manayunk area, so expect plenty of hills. The ride supports the American Cancer Society.

Bike-a-thon Bridge to the Beach
When: Sunday, June 12th.
Where: Ben Franklin Bridge, 5th and Race Street, Old City.
Registration: $60 through April 1st, increases to $80 until June 1st, $100 after. There is also an additional $100 fundraising minimum.

This bike-a-thon poses a serious challenge with a route starting in Philadelphia and finishing in Atlantic City. Participants have their choice of four starting points and six routes that run through the scenic back roads of South Jersey. The race is supported throughout with rest stops, volunteer bike mechanics and first-aid patrols. The ride ends with food and family-friendly activities on the AC boardwalk. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.


Last FREE Big Climb Workout!

teambnyThis Sunday,April 3rd is the last FREE Bootcamp Training class for the Big Climb Philly. The class starts at 9am in front of the Art Museum steps.

CoreFitness and  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Eastern PA Chapter have teamed up to train participants and raise funds for the Comcast building stair climbing event on April 23rd.

You need to be signed up for the Big Climb to take advantage of this amazing workout

For more information and to join the BNYMellon Team, Go to the Team Page HERE!

Sign in and make an account. Search for the BNYMELLON KOP team (type it in exactly as it is here) Follow the instructions and join the team. Please consider donating if you do not want to participate. There are also volunteer opportunities available.

For Help Contact: TimothyMahoney@shinethruyou.com

Increase access to oral oncology drugs

It’s no surprise to anyone that cancer is expensive. Even for those who have insurance, researchers say there is a good chance cancer will still create a huge financial burden on the family.

Insurance companies take every opportunity they get not to pay when they should and the latest issue is oral chemotherapy – these are chemotherapy drugs that come in oral form, which makes them easier to take at home or work without disturbing the patient’s life by having to go to the hospital for hours for an iv infusion. 10 percent of cancer drugs are oral now with another 2Unknown5 percent in the pipeline.

And insurance companies have decided that these chemotherapy drugs, because they are a pill, are not chemotherapy and should be reimbursed like a regular prescription drug, meaning the patient has to pay high out of pocket costs.

This makes it twice as hard on the patient financially. Or – as has been shown in study after study – some just don’t get the drug prescription filled at all. The latest statistics show 10 percent of patients don’t fill their prescription because of cost. These are chemotherapy drugs they aren’t filling because they can’t afford it.


March is National Nurtition Month

March is National Nutrition Month a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

This is the perfect time to share a recipe with you that has a healthy grain and other nutritional value.  We served this recipe at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge last year.  The Hope Lodge offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the Philadelphia area. Patients live with other people going through similar experiences, and are supported by caring staff and volunteers. The nurturing, comfortable environment at Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on what is most important – getting well.

994105_10153381841261388_8549060274194213834_nLast year we joined with Team WMMR (American Cancer Society Bike a Thon) to provide dinner for the patients. Everyone prepares a meal and brings it to serve the guests.  After the meal is served, you have the opportunity to speak with everyone who attends. It is interesting to hear their stories about cancer and how much they appreciate the hospitals in Philadelphia for their treatment.  One woman, who had just received a chemo treatment, Loved the quinoa salad.  She was so excited to actually taste something after her therapy.  I hope you enjoy it also.



International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. I would like to celebrate a prominent female physician Dorothy Reed, who had a major influence on the classification of classical Hodgkin lymphoma.


(1874-1964) was a well-respected researcher, obstetrician, and pioneer in methods of childbirth. She was the first to discover that Hodgkin’s disease was actually not a form of tuberculosis, a finding that received international acclaim.

Dorothy Reed Mendenhall, the last of three children, was born September 22, 1874, in Columbus, Ohio, to William Pratt Reed, a shoe manufacturer, and Grace Kimball Reed, both of whom had descended from English settlers who came to America in the seventeenth century. Mendenhall attended Smith College and obtained a baccalaureate degree. Although she initially contemplated a career in journalism, Mendenhall’s interest in medicine was inspired by a biology course she attended.

When they opened the school up to women, Mendenhall applied to Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1900, she was one of the first women to graduate from this school with a doctorate of medicine degree. The next year she received a fellowship in pathology at Johns Hopkins. While there, she taught bacteriology and performed research on Hodgkin’s disease, which physicians then believed was a form of tuberculosis. She disproved this theory when she discovered a common link between diagnosed patients. She found that the blood of these patients carried a specific type of cell. The presence of these giant cells, now known as the Reed cell, distinctly identifies the disease. Mendenhall’s work produced the first thorough descriptions, both verbal and illustrated, of the tissue changes that occur with Hodgkin’s. She was the first to describe the disease’s growth through several progressive states. Mendenhall determined that a patient’s prognosis worsened with each successive stage. She incorrectly speculated, however, that the disease was a chronic inflammatory process. Her finding of the distinctive cell had worldwide importance and was a significant step forward in the understanding and treatment of Hodgkin’s disease. Today, researchers know that Hodgkin’s is a type of cancer characterized by a progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes.