‘Stache-Tober’ raises funds to help cancer patients in need

‘Stache-Tober’ raises funds to help cancer patients in need

The Stache-Tober team, with their mustaches in full glory, were joined by colleagues and friends in fake mustaches and Halloween costumes for the Oct. 31 check presentation.

Employees of Christiana Care’s Critical Care Transport Team dubbed the month of October “Stache-Tober” as they grew mustaches to support cancer patients and advance The Christiana Care Way.

Through the month-long endeavor, led by paramedic Brian King and John Chambers, RN, and sponsored by Christiana Care, 10 members of the transport team grew mustaches to raise awareness and funds for the Center for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR). Their adventure concluded on the morning of Halloween, when they arrived by ambulance at the Graham Cancer Center and presented a check for $5,012 to Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director at the Graham Cancer Center.

“Cancer has affected all of us in many different ways,” said Brian King, paramedic with the Critical Care Transport Team, which participates in a variety of philanthropic events throughout the year. “We are excited to partner with our colleagues at the CTCR to support them in their efforts to find therapies to treat and prevent breast cancer.”

More than 100 people donated money to cheer on the mustachioed gentlemen and lend a hand in the fight against cancer. The gift will support the CTCR, which allows physicians and scientific researchers to work side-by-side, identifying needs of individual patients at the bedside, bringing those problems to the lab to explore solutions, and then returning to the bedside where those new solutions can be used to help the patient.

“Community support is key for all of us at the Graham Cancer Center so we can continue to provide programs to care for our patients,” Dr. Petrelli said. “On behalf of the people who serve patients every day at our cancer center, I want to thank the Critical Care Transport Team for the work they do– not just for us but for everyone that they help.”

Each member of the Stache-Tober team has had a friend or family member who was diagnosed with cancer. Their heartfelt initiative included t-shirts that read “We mustache you to help find a cure for cancer” and a Facebook page that got more than 1,000 likes during the month of October.

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