For Lloyd “Billo” Hickman and his late wife, Dollie, giving back to friends, family and the community was never a matter of “if,” but “how much.” From an annual crab feast at their Ocean View home, with food, drinks and music, to generous gifts around the holidays that would include new automobiles, the Hickmans thrived on their benevolence.
Subsequently, it’s no surprise that after Dollie’s struggle with cancer, Billo did what he could to reach out to those who were with them every step of the way. Last week, Billo gave made two donations of $50,000 apiece in his wife’s memory – one to Beebe Medical Foundation and the other to Delaware Hospice, two organizations that he said gave her the best care and treatment he could have asked for.
“Dollie and I talked about working with the hospice,” he said, “and they helped us with everything we needed, 100 percent. The doctors at Beebe were very generous to myself and our family, and they looked over us.”
The Delaware Hospice’s Transition Program proved to offer the support and care the couple needed.
“We had caretakers around the house at all times,” said Billo, a Williamsville native.
The couple often traveled to Florida to watch dog and horse races, but it was their warm hearts and unselfishness that identified them in Sussex County.
The donation to the Beebe Medical Foundation will be put toward the South Coastal Health Campus Campaign, aimed at raising funds for a new 60,000-square-foot health facility along Route 17 in Roxana.
“Our patients always get quality care at Beebe,” stated Alex Sydnor, executive director of the Beebe Medical Foundation, “and we’re always very grateful for donations like the one Mr. Hickman has given us. We have many generous patients that we’ve worked with, and we love to have them recognize the work we do.”