Tunnell Cancer Center to host Miracle Mile walk June 22 in Rehoboth

Survivors event to include special performance by Jimmy Charles
June 12, 2019

For the 16th year, Beebe Healthcare and the Robert & Eolyne Tunnell Cancer Center will celebrate cancer survivors and their caregivers with a one-mile walk Saturday, June 22, in Rehoboth Beach.

Participants will gather at All Saints’ Church on Olive Avenue. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the walk steps off promptly at 8 a.m. T-shirts will be given to survivors. The Miracle Mile brings together cancer survivors and their caregivers, relatives and friends to celebrate their collective strength, solidarity and resilience. Everyone is invited to return to All Saints’ Church after the walk for fellowship and a complimentary hot breakfast.

This year includes a special guest, as Eastern Shore native and “American Idol” alum Jimmy Charles will attend the walk and perform. A national recording artist out of Nashville, Charles has been a Zero Cancer spokesperson and is the president and founder of the I Am Not Alone nonprofit, which provides hope and assistance to survivors across the country. He will perform his new release “We Are Warriors,” which is quickly becoming the anthem for cancer survivors and their families across the country. After the Miracle Mile, Charles will host an after-party at Hammerheads Dockside.

Arline Simpson, a breast cancer survivor, started the Miracle Mile walk with Nancy Grimm and Marilyn Gardner 16 years ago to celebrate survivors’ solidarity. “We wanted to show appreciation for the caregivers because without them we would have never gotten through our treatments,” said Simpson. “I think that it’s important to show that we are dedicated to them and we do appreciate them being caregivers. All the nurses and doctors at Beebe Healthcare and the Tunnell Cancer Center are our angels.”

Attendees are encouraged to invite those who have supported them on their cancer survivorship journey. For more information or to register, go to or call 302-645-3100, Ext. 2718.