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Heart and Sole 5K Run Walk Banner

Date: September 17, 2017
Location: Henderson High School
Benefits: The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital

The Heart + Sole 5k began as a run/walk in tribute to one person's memory, but it has since become a collection of teams and individuals each running for their own reason. There are friends and family members celebrating victory over cancer. Others are encouraging their loved ones in the fight of their life. For those that have lost their battle with cancer, we remember. And for some, the Heart + Sole is a milestone - a personal goal - in their commitment to good health. And for all of us, it's a great way to prepare for Cancer Awareness Month (October) and support patients living with cancer in our own community.

In 2011, Henderson High School students Steve Jordan and Drew Kelly started the race in memory of Fatiha Khattabi, a friend's mother who lost her fight with stomach cancer. The next year, Dominic Smith continued the run. He was joined by the daughter-in-laws of Josephine Gatto - Megan and Felicia - as they honored the matriarch of their family. Megan and Felicia were then joined by Henderson students Luigi Capriotti and Kyle DeMarino. Seniors Eva Finnegan, Becca Hobman, Nikki Kirkland and Grace Tenbroeck continued in their footsteps by helping to plan the 2015 Heart + Sole. The fundraising run benefits The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital, which combines cutting-edge treatment and technology, patient programs and a caring staff to give every patient the edge in their battle with cancer.

The Heart & Sole is dedicated to the memories of Josephine Gatto and Fatiha Khattabi.


The 5-kilometer run and 2.5-kilometer walk weaves its way through the neighborhoods surrounding Henderson High School.


  • Individual Student Runners (High School and College) = $20
  • Individual Adult Runners, who register before September 4, 2015 = $20
  • Individual Adult Runners, who register between September 4-10, 2015 = $25
  • Team Members = $20
    • Team Set-Up Fee (optional) = $100 + costs of individual participants

Registration fee includes a free, student-designed event T-shirt, which are guaranteed to pre-registrants and will be available on race day while supplies last.


You can create a team and show your spirit with personalized shirts for the race. Each team will have the opportunity to design the front of their shirt with their team name and/or who they are supporting. To organize a team, call 610.431.5328 for details.

Team Fee: $100 + registration fee for each runner/walker on the team

T-Shirt Design: Submit a T-shirt design as a high resolution jpeg (300 dpi) or high resolution PDF. Shirts will be printed with one-color design in a 6"x6" square area. Please have your team information and design complete by September 1 to ensure that your t-shirts come in on time. This is a family run, so all designs must be approved by event staff for appropriateness.


Donations to the hospital are used to support patient programs like anti-nausea medication assistance, transportation assistance, funding for follow up care for patients who have no insurance who have undergone one of our free breast or skin cancer screenings, reimbursement for massage therapy sessions, and the Living With Cancer Program, which offers financial assistance for patients to pay a home bill, to buy a wig or to pay directly for a service which the patient needs, the Coping with Cancer Together program and cutting edge technology.

Event T-Shirts
Heart + Sole T-shirts are designed by Henderson High School students and will be available for $10 each.

Community Sponsorship Opportunity
The organizers of the race and The Chester County Hospital Foundation invite businesses and individuals to support the Heart + Sole 5k Race as sponsors. It is a wonderful way to help the patients of The Cancer Program.

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There is another great way to help! Donate.

Your donation will directly impact patient care in our community through The Cancer Program of Chester County Hospital. Donate today and make a difference in the lives of patients living with cancer in our community.

Donations can be mailed to The Chester County Hospital Foundation. Please make checks payable to "Heart + Sole" along with the following information: Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number, and return to:

The Chester County Hospital Foundation
701 E. Marshall St.
West Chester, PA 19380


Josephine GattoTEAM GATTO: Josephine Gatto lived a life focused on her family, friends and community. Although Josephine lost her battle with small cell lung cancer in November 2010, it was her desire to help others - especially women - in their fight by supporting The Cancer Program of Chester County Hospital.

TEAM KHATTABI: Fatiha Khattabi, the caring mother of three, lost the difficult battle to stomach cancer at age 35 after months of treatment and therapy. Fatiha worked all her life to provide her children with the best education and inspired many others to pursue their dreams. She was very generous to her friends and family and was often seen volunteering in her community and at her local mosque. It would be an honor for her to bring the community together in support of the fight against cancer while enjoying the beautiful weather. It would mean everything to her to see the smiles as people overcome their hurdles, because to her, nothing was impossible.

About The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital

When the diagnosis is cancer, one of the most important decisions a person will make is where to go for care. The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital offers patients with cancer the latest advances in treatment, close to home, near their heart and soul.

To learn more about the event, please email Kate Pergolini at or call 610-431-5330.