Cape Gazette

Walkers beat the street for heart health

Beebe Medical Foundation raises funds for cardiac program
By Ron MacArthur | Sep 18, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Some of the first walkers prepare to make the turn onto Savannah Road near the start of the 5K course in Lewes.

The streets of Lewes were filled with walkers Sep. 8 taking part in the fourth annual Beebe Medical Foundation Treat the Beat 5K Walk to support cardiac and vascular services at Beebe Medical Center.

More than 200 people walked a 3.1-mile course on the sidewalks of Lewes starting and ending at George H.P. Smith Park at Blockhouse Pond.

Mid-Atlantic Family Practice was title sponsor for the fourth year in a row. Jeffrey Heckert, MD, FAAFP, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, was this year’s honorary chairman. In the fall of 2012, Heckert underwent life-saving heart surgery at Beebe Medical Center; he credits the staff and surgeons for his recovery.

This year's top individual fundraiser, Roxanne Sordi, received dinner for two at Striper Bites and the top fundraising team, Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, received sport arm bands for electronic devices.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women across the nation. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart.

Beebe Medical Center’s cardiac and vascular services provide care for patients with diseases of the heart and arteries. Services include: cardiac surgery; vascular surgery; interventional cardiology; cardiac rhythm management;electrophysiology services;, cardiac and vascular diagnostic testing; and cardiac rehabilitation services.

Healthgrades® ranked Beebe Medical Center No. 1 on Delmarva for vascular surgery as well as No. 1 in Delaware for cardiology services in 2013, and gave it a 5-star rating for carotid surgery.

Beebe Medical Foundation was established in 1989 to raise philanthropic support for Beebe Medical Center. The website is; the hospital's website is

Walk participants warm up minutes before the start of Treat the Beat. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dr. Jeffrey Heckert, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, talks about his experience as a Beebe Medical Center cardiac patient. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Nurse Debra Ostrander takes Ted Becker's blood pressure before the start of the walk. Lewes' deputy mayor, who walks everyday at 6 a.m., is a former cardiac patient. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sixty-strong, the Beebe Medical Center team poses for a photograph. The team helped raise more than $2,000. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Claire Lopez, daughter of State Sen. Ernie Lopez of Lewes, has the best view of the opening ceremony. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The red-shirt participants are first in line at the start of the walk. Each person wearing a red shirt is a Beebe Medical Center cardiac patient. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Treat the Beat walkers step off under a sunny sky. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Walkers warm up under the direction of Matt Carter of Quest Fitness. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A long line of walkers passes by Shields Elementary School after leaving George H.P. Smith Park. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Brothers Ryan, left, and Luke Pickard warm up on their scooters on the walk route. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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