Neema Hospitality continues charity program in 2018 | Spotlight



CHESTERTOWN — For the past five summers, 3 which owns the Holiday Inn Express in Chestertown, has donated $5 per night per occupied room at its hotel properties located in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia to support ABC² (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure), a non-profit research organization, a news release states.

The promotion runs through Sept. 3.

BethAnn Telford is the inspiration behind the summer charity promotion. Telford, a brain tumor survivor, Ironman World Champion triathlete and World Marathon Challenge completer, is the childhood friend of Sandeep Thakrar, president of Neema Hospitality, the release states.

Throughout middle school and high school, Telford and Thakrar were friends as they always shared homeroom. Over the years they formed a close friendship and respect for one another. But like many, the years of college created separate opportunities for the two and they did nor stay in touch.

Years later, they reconnected when Thakrar learned that Telford was battling a malignant brain tumor and competing in high-profile running and triathlon events to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer research.

“Telford’s perseverance in overcoming life’s challenges affected Thakrar to his core and he was inspired to not only make changes in his personal life but to help his friend support brain cancer research and ultimately find a cure,” the release states.

Telford has finished the Boston Marathon six times, the Marine Corps Marathon, the Lake Placid Ironman, the Kona Ironman World Championship, Crossing the Canyon and the 2017 World Marathon Challenge, which consisted of seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days, the release states.

Telford was the only American woman in the race. She ran to raise global awareness about brain cancer and raise $1 million for research supported by ABC².

“I’ve overcome so many obstacles because of this cancer,” Telford said in the news release. “As I ran around the world, I found a way to push through the pain and the fatigue by remembering the people I’m representing. I wish to be an example of hope and inspiration to so many others fighting cancer or anyone who has faced a setback in their life.”

Thakrar works diligently to help his friend raise funds for brain cancer research.

“When I heard that my childhood friend had terminal brain cancer I was devastated,” Thakrar said. “When I learned how she is dealing with that life challenge, I became inspired to do everything in my power to help her find a cure. Watching her fight each and every day for children with brain cancer changed my life and inspired me to give back to others.”

To help support Telford in her journey to create awareness for brain cancer and raise funds for brain cancer research, visit


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