On Friday, July 26, team captains of Team Cancer and Team Cardiac from the Survivors’ Team Pickleball Competition joined organizer Vaughn Baker to present a $2,000 donation for Beebe Healthcare’s new freestanding emergency department and cancer center on Roxana Road near Millville, due to be completed in 2020.
The survivors’ competition was intended to show that, despite cardiac and cancer events, with proper and timely medical care, people can return to an active lifestyle. The funds donated were raised from the pickleball community at a fundraiser at Big Chill Beach Club for the Cardiac vs. Cancer Survivors’ Team Competition.
“The participants in the Survivors Team Pickleball — all either cancer or cardiac survivors — unanimously requested that the funds go to the new Beebe Healthcare campus, which will put a great many more of us within the important ‘golden hour’ for cardiac events, as well as provide quality cancer care in a convenient location,” Baker said.
Pickleball has been around more than 50 years and became popular in southern Delaware about five years ago with the formation of the First State Pickleball Club and their beginner clinics. The recent five-year Delaware Recreation report indicated that 20 percent of those surveyed in southeast Sussex County now play pickleball.
“The health benefits that these pickleball players seem to be receiving from their sport is certainly in accord with Beebe’s desire to keep people healthy through exercise and an active lifestyle,” said Diane Barlow, Beebe Medical Foundation gift planning officer.