Body Shop Fitness Center of Rehoboth recently donated $500 to Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center. The fundraiser was part of the national No-Shave November campaign, which raises awareness by embracing hair that many cancer patients lose during treatment. Body Shop owner Adam Howard and coach Bruce Clayton, co-owner of TriCoach, combined forces to offer a free boot camp to the community this past November in which they raised $500 from the generous donations of participants to benefit prostate cancer.
The check was presented to Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center in January by Howard, his wife Leks Howard, RN, a nurse at Tunnell Cancer Center, and Clayton. Leks Howard is the daughter of Andrejs Strauss, MD, a radiation oncologist at Tunnell Cancer Center.
“My father and father-in-law were both treated at the Tunnell Cancer Center, so I felt this was a great way to give back. My grandfather [Dr. David Howard] was a pediatrician at Beebe; my father-in-law [Dr. Andrejs Strauss] is a radiation oncologist at Tunnell; my wife [Aleksandra Howard] is an RN here; and both of my children were born at Beebe. I have so many wonderful connections with this amazing organization,” said Adam Howard.
“I feel that the people of this community have given me so much to be thankful for; it was a great way to give back to the community, while having a lot of fun at the same time,” said Clayton.
Thomas J. Protack, vice president of development for Beebe Medical Foundation, said, “Beebe is a local nonprofit healthcare system, and it means so much when local businesses choose to give the monies from their fundraisers to our cancer center here in Sussex County. Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center is a beacon of hope for so many of our family members and neighbors. We appreciate the great efforts of Adam and Bruce to raise the awareness for men’s health, especially as it relates to prostate cancer. We are excited to work closely with the Body Shop as they plan to grow this annual fundraising event even more next year with greater participation. Strong, local community support is essential for Beebe’s continued growth, especially as we look to create the next generation of care and expand our cancer services next year in the Millville and Bethany area.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center received a $500 donation from Body Shop Fitness Center. Gathered at the check presentation are (l-r) Lisa Henderson, RN, OCN, manager, Oncology Nursing and Research, Tunnell; Nisarg Desai, MD, Tunnell; Leks Howard, RN, Tunnell; Adam Howard, Body Shop Fitness Center owner; Bruce Clayton, TriCoach trainer; Tom Protack, Beebe Medical Foundation; and Srujitha Murukutla, MD, Tunnell.