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Tunnell Cancer Center, Hudson Fields partner for 'socially distanced' Miracle Mile

Delaware News Desk
Sussex Countian

A safe and socially distanced version of Beebe Healthcare and the Robert & Eolyne Tunnell Cancer Center’s annual Miracle Mile celebrating cancer survivors and their caregivers will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. June 27 for its 17th year.

To create a safe, socially distanced event during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Miracle Mile will be held at Hudson Fields, 29763 Eagle Crest Road, Milton, as a drive-thru celebratory event.

Survivors, caregivers, family, friends and community members are encouraged to participate in creating and sharing messages of hope. Participants are encouraged to make signs and decorate their cars.

“This event and this day is all about hope,” said David A. Tam, president and CEO, Beebe Healthcare. “Hope for our community of cancer patients and survivors, hope for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and hope for the future as Beebe strives to provide the most advanced and compassionate care at the Tunnell Cancer Center and the South Coastal cancer center when it opens this summer.”

“Drive the Miracle Mile Live Morning Talk Show” will stream via Facebook Live. A full program will include interviews with experts, survivors and caregivers, as well as music from locals, the Sticky Notes Band.

Tam will kick off the festivities at 8 a.m. At the end of the route, curbside delivery of coffee and donuts will be offered.

The event not only celebrates the connection between cancer survivors and their caregivers, but it provides an opportunity for the community to support the Tunnell Cancer Center’s Special Needs Fund through fundraising and donations.

The fund assists individual patients who have limited financial resources and need help in covering emergent expenses such as prescriptions or copays for medications, medical supplies — like wigs and mastectomy prosthesis — nutrition, essential living expenses and transportation. Without the availability of this fund, patients would not have access to their basic needs while undergoing cancer treatments.

“With so many of our fundraising events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tunnell Cancer Center Special Needs Fund needs your assistance,” said Tom Protack, president, Beebe Medical Foundation. “Join us for this inspiring event in a fun, safe and socially distanced atmosphere.”

To encourage community participation in offering messages of hope, yard signs with the phrase “I am hopeful because” will be available to decorate. Signs will be available for curbside pickup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tunnell Cancer Center, Suite 1100, 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth Beach. Those needing alternative coordination to pick up signs can call 291-6701 or email aaris@beebehealthcare.org. Signs must be returned to Tunnell Cancer Center by June 24 for event setup.

To register, visit miraclemile2020.eventbrite.com. At the time of registration, survivors should provide T-shirt size and permission for their name to be honored at the event.

The Eventbrite page will contain information on driving directions, “Drive the Miracle Mile Morning Show” details, additional T-shirt purchases, raffle ticket sales and other donation opportunities through Beebe Medical Foundation. Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Patient Special Needs Fund.

Participants will enter through the North Gate of Hudson Fields, located off of Hudson Road and exit through the South Gate off of Eagle Crest Road. Parking is available at the end of the driving route to enjoy coffee and donuts, buy raffle tickets or pick-up ordered T-shirts.

For more, visit beebehealthcare.org.