Jean & Joan Cancer Fund donates $70,000 to Beebe Healthcare for 3D Mammography

The Jean & Joan Cancer Fund has donated $70,000 to Beebe Healthcare for the third 3D Mammography machine to support the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The money was raised at the 15th Annual Jean & Joan Cancer Fund Golf Tournament last fall at the Kings Creek Country Club.

Jim Martin, Jean & Joan Cancer Fund Founder and President, and Vicki Tull, Tournament Chair, presented the check to Cherrie Rich, RN, MSN, Executive Director of the Tunnell Cancer Center, and to Judy Aliquo, President of the Beebe Medical Foundation.

Since its founding in 1999, the annual tournament has enabled the Jean & Joan Cancer Fund to donate $410,000 from tournament proceeds to support cancer care at Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center. This year, for the first time, funds have been donated for an advanced technology that allows physicians to diagnose breast cancer in its early stages.  Beebe offers 3D mammography services at the Beebe Health Campus in Rehoboth Beach in Bookhammer Outpatient Center adjacent to Tunnell Cancer Center currently and plans to add the technology to the Georgetown campus.

3D Mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is the latest advance in digital mammography technology. 3D Mammography means earlier detection and fewer unnecessary biopsies for women. This advance in comprehensive breast care is part of Beebe Healthcare's Breast Health Program, the only one in Delaware to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

“The Jean & Joan Cancer Fund every year has made meaningful contributions that enable us to provide quality services to local cancer patients and their families,” said Judy Aliquo. “Beebe is strongly committed to focusing attention on women’s health issues, particularly with respect to treating and preventing breast cancer through the work at our Tunnell Cancer Center. The contributions the Jean & Joan Cancer Fund make each year greatly support this work.”

 Jim Martin said, “What is unique about this Jean & Joan Cancer Fund charity event is that it is a local tournament, run by local residents, with proceeds benefitting local cancer patients here at home at the Tunnell Cancer Center.”

Tom Protack, Director of Development for Beebe Medical Foundation, added, “It is amazing to see the continued commitment of so many players and sponsors who have participated faithfully every year for the past 15 years in this Signature Golf outing, which is part of our Beebe Charitable Golf Series.  Mark your calendars for Monday, September 28, for the next Jean & Joan tournament at Kings Creek Country Club and plan to join us as we raise monies for our local community non-for-profit cancer center.”

Caption:  Jim Martin, President and Founder of the Jean & Joan Cancer Fund, and Vicki Tull, Chair of the Golf Tournament, accompanied by members of the Jean & Joan Fund, visited Tunnell Cancer Center recently to present the $70,000 donation to Cherrie Rich, Executive Director of Oncology Services at Beebe Healthcare, and to Judy Aliquo, President of the Beebe Medical Foundation.  Attending the presentation were: Rick Schaffner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Beebe Healthcare; Tom Protack, Director of Development for Beebe Medical Foundation; and Tunnell Cancer Center team members. Pictured here, left to right, are: Tom Protack, Kristin Rahn, Radiology Manager at Tunnell Cancer Center; Brandi Carr, Nurse Manager at Tunnell Cancer Center; Patricia Holland, Operations Manager, Tunnell Cancer Center; Cherrie Rich, Jim Martin; Vicki Tull; Rick Schaffner; Mardee Corbett, Fund member; Judy Aliquo; Teresa Cason, Fund member; Judith Ramirez, Manager, Oncology Population Health for Beebe Healthcare; and Gary Wheeler, General Manager at Kings Creek and Fund member.

Beebe Medical Foundation was established in 1989 with the sole mission to raise philanthropic support for Beebe Medical Center.  The Foundation is located at 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958. Visit us online at www.beebemedicalfoundation.org.

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehab services.  For more information, please visit us online at www.beebehealthcare.org.