Watch Marci on Comcast Newsmakers

Inspirational Speaker: About Marci Schankweiler

Marci Schankweiler is Founder & CEO of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS). FPS was founded after Marci lost her husband, Pete, to testicular cancer at the age of 30. Marci used this devastating moment to pause, pivot and change the direction of her life. As a tax attorney and litigator, she used her unique business skills, coupled with her emotional insight as a caregiver, to launch a non-profit inspired by Pete.

With almost two decades of experience working with adult cancer patients and their families, Marci has been recognized by various organizations and publications, including LIVESTRONG, People Magazine, Major League Baseball, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Family Circle, Redbook, Cancer Today, SmartCEO Magazine and The Philadelphia Business Journal. Marci was also recently awarded the 2018 Woman of Excellence Award by the The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County.

Marci’s passion for inspiring others and her experiences in building an impactful non-profit organization has made her a requested speaker for many businesses, schools and healthcare organizations. Marci writes and speaks about non-profit implementation and management, the benefits of a break from cancer for patients, caregivers and children, and the many ways we can all PAUSE on Purpose to take advantage of life’s “pivot moments” as we better ourselves and our community.

Marci has shared her story with:

Corporations such as:

  • Phillips Corporation
  • Magellan Search & Staffing
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The Macquarie Group
  • United Parcel Service
  • IMX Medical Management Services

Conferences such as:

  • Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County
  • Power Your Potential Montgomery County Women’s Conference
  • Women in Nonprofit Leadership Conference
  • LaSalle University Alpha Theta Alpha Reunion Conference

•  Association of Fundraising Professionals
•  Biden Cancer Summit
•  Chestnut Hill College
•  Comcast Newsmakers
•  Fox Chase Cancer Center
•  Grand View Health
•  Hospital of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
•  LaSalle College High School
•  LaSalle University
•  MD Anderson Cooper
•  Mount St. Joseph Academy
•  North Penn Collaborative
•   Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
•   PennSuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County Women’s Network

•  Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)
Rotary Club of Blue Bell
Rotary Club of Chestnut Hill
Rotary Club of Moorestown
Rotary Club of Newtown
The Cancer Community
Soroptomist International of Indian Rock 2019
Villanova University
York College of Pennsylvania

Listen to Marci  on these Two Podcasts:

  1. Podcast with The Cancer Community
  2. Podcast with Susan Rocco on her program Women to Watch program available on Itunes


  • "I had the pleasure of hearing Marci speak at the PennSuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County. Within the first minute of her introduction to the group, I was immediately captured by her story, voice and instant connection to those in the room. Marci's words, conviction and passion drew me in, and I knew I had to introduce myself after the event to get to know this incredible woman further. When Marci speaks, people listen."

    Jessica Lawlor President & CEO, Jessica Lawlor & Company
  • I have heard Marci speak several times, most recently to my 'Community Development’ graduate class at Chestnut Hill College…. Marci speaks with humility, faith and an incredible passion that gives life to her organization. She is very mission driven and conveyed the importance of a team approach to carrying out a mission, the practical aspects of running a non-profit and working with her team ….to generate new ideas that are true to her vision. Her natural style is engaging and inclusive and she truly values the voices and experiences of her audience….

    Emily DePaul Chestnut Hill College
  • Marci speaks to… Commitment. Passion. Authenticity. Marci has brought to life what it means to be able to share a purposeful work. She exemplifies vision, leadership and 'love'ability. She brings all of this to EVERY moment that I have ever heard her speak.

    Janice Coleman President/CEO, Janice Coleman Corporation
  • Thank you for sharing your mission! You have truly made a difference in the world, for cancer patients and their families. Pause-on-Purpose (POP) is a simple but important message for all of us.

    Jennifer Donahue LaSalle Alumni 80’
  • "Marci spoke with our group about her nonprofit work, and the importance of raising awareness and support for adult cancer patients and their loved ones. Our members were engaged and enthusiastic about the impact her organization is having on the lives of all those impacted by cancer. We look forward to welcoming Marci in the future to address the Rotary Club again!"

    Charles Quattrone Member of the Rotary Club of Newtown, PA
  • "I have had the pleasure of hearing Marci speak at several of the FPS Gala events. There is rarely a dry eye during these moments. However, when she agreed to speak at our ATA 40th Anniversary at LaSalle, we heard a different yet equally impactful message. Pausing on Purpose provides the gentle reminder of the importance of living in the moment and surrounding ourselves with people we love, admire, and want to learn from, each and every day. All agreed, POP was the perfect way to culminate our special event."

    Kathy Waddington

Contact & Connect with Marci Schankweiler

Marci explains how to PAUSE on Purpose using many anecdotal and humorous stories. She might share lessons learned while growing up as the eldest of nine children, learning to decorate cakes in her parent’s bakery and taking conference calls on the beach of Sea Isle City, NJ.

Marci’s level of energy and enthusiasm leads many to question if she is, in fact, a super-human robot. Her team at For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, where she works as CEO, is fairly certain she has found a way to inject more than 24 hours into each of her days. Perhaps she will share that secret with you, or at the very least, teach you how to PAUSE on purpose and make each day meaningful and beautiful!

Be inspired. Be motivated. Be transformed.

For speaking inquiries, please contact Marci using this form.
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For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation
620 West Germantown Pike | Suite 250
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: (267) 708-0510
Fax: (267) 708-0511

PAUSE on Purpose, For Pete’s Sake!

Marci’s speaking engagements benefit For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS).

FPS enables cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable and lasting respite vacations. FPS partners with oncology professionals at over 100 hospitals and cancer centers to provide eligible patients, their caregivers and kids with a one-week expense-paid respite vacation to select locations along the East Coast and in the Caribbean.

The lasting memories from their respites help FPS patients recognize that it is their priceless lives, not cancer that defines them.