Stephen Brown of Upper Darby is a Be Well Philly Health & Hero Challenge FINALIST!
Stephen Brown of Upper Darby is one of four finalists for the Be Well Philly Health & Hero Challenge. Brown was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Wasting no time, he underwent four rounds of chemotherapy while maintaining his base fitness level, often running home from his treatments. In no time, he had reached complete remission. By July of that same year, Brown was back to racing triathlons and a few months later he crossed the finish line of his 8th career iron distance triathlon. His diagnosis drew him to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, where he signed on as one of the triathlon coaches.
Philadelphia magazine selected sixteen semi-finalists from 500 entries for the first ever Health and Hero Challenge, in search of locals who are making a difference in health and wellness in the community. In September, the contestants faced off in an online competition. Each week, the magazine featured four semi-finalists on their Facebook page for readers to vote.
Voting for the finalists (including Brown) began on Tuesday, October 16th at 10 a.m. and will run through Monday, October 29th at 5 p.m. Supporters can vote once a day throughout the voting period. To vote, please visit Be Well Philly's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BeWellPhilly). The winner, decided purely by fans, will be announced at a celebration in November, taking place at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse in Philadelphia. Each of the sixteen finalists will have the opportunity to recognize one another at this event. The winner will also be featured in a future issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Please VOTE for Stephen Brown, as the charity of Brown's choice (in this instance, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) will receive $2,500 in the event of his victory.