Meet the “Lip Sync for Lungs Live Battle!” Performers

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Robert Beall, DMD

MBA, Dentist & Dental Surgeon, Advocate for Dental Patients, Philanthropist, Dedicated Father

Robert is one of ten children (including his twin brother, Tony, who is an anesthesiologist here in Charleston) and is a native of Charleston.

After obtaining his Master of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina, where he was Vice President of the student body, he worked for several years in the software and distribution industries. Acknowledging a burning desire to help others, he undertook studies at the College of Charleston and the Citadel before graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

Since that day, he’s built a very successful dental practice on James Island focusing on family, cosmetic and implant dentistry. He is passionate about helping those in need and has given hundreds of hours of care for the economically disadvantaged both locally at Our Lady of Mercy on John’s Island and ECCO in Mount Pleasant. He has also provided pro bono dental care to patients in Haiti, the West Indies and Mexico, among other places.

Dr. Beall’s achievements and accolades include: Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award (University of SC leadership award), Clinical Instructor, Medical University of South Carolina, Fellow, Pierre Fuchard Honor Society, Past president, Coastal Dental Society, Past Board Member, South Carolina Dental Association. In addition, he is being inducted in early September as a fellow of the American College of Dentists, one of the highest honors bestowed on a dental professional.

Dr. Beall has always had a passion for helping others and has raised funds for organizations such as Marine Reach Ministries, Lowcountry Orphan relief, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Pet Helpers, to name just a few.

Dr. Beall adopted his daughter, Grace, from an orphanage Tuymen, Russia and is passionate about adoption and helping those born without parents to support and guide them.

Dr. Beall’s 92-year-old father, whom everyone lovingly calls “Chief White Cloud” for having ten children, is a survivor of lung cancer. His office manager’s beautiful daughter, Keely, suffers from asthma.  He also has a life-long friend, Dr. Ben Cox, a brilliant mathematician, who suffers from lung disease. “I see how devastating this can be and how having healthy lungs is key to quantity of life. To not be blessed with healthy lungs is often a sentence to have a lower quality of life. Working together to better these conditions is the only way to solve these problems. Being a long-distance runner all my life, I could not imagine what life would be like with diminished lung capacity. We must and we will improve the lives of those afflicted by these terrible diseases. “

Dr. Beall is an avid beach volleyball player, surfer and runner and plays the guitar. He loves Halloween especially and has been known dress up on more than one occasion during the year.

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Justin Edgar

Assistant General Manager, Hall’s Chophouse

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Tim Newborn

Customer Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Blackbaud

Veteran of war. Drag Queen. Social “Goode” Activist.

Tim Newborn believes in the power of authenticity and approaches life with personality, passion, and empathy–all of which are essential traits in the role he now serves on the global brand strategy team at the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good.

“Disease doesn’t discriminate; neither should we.”

Before his role in the tech industry, Tim was a student at Savannah College of Art and Design. While studying advertising and performance art, his affinity for the art, culture, empowering overtones, and philanthropic nature of drag culture grew.  He continues this tradition by sharing powerful messages and fundraising through a creative stage persona, Oshi Goode. Before his journey into art school, Tim had a five-year career in the U.S. Navy as a photojournalist, where he was awarded the Joint Commendation Service Medal and Navy Achievement Medal by the Chief of Naval Operations and also received recognition for service while serving in Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom by the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As a man of humble beginnings from a rural community in Mississippi and as an LGBTQ+ veteran of war, he is passionate about the cause of lung disease because those are a few of communities which are disproportionately affected. Tim has been impacted by lung disease, as his mother currently suffers from COPD, and many others in his family have had lung disease/ailments.

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Megan Rivers

Traffic Anchor & Multimedia Journalist, ABC News 4

Megan Rivers is the traffic anchor and Emmy nominated reporter and multimedia journalist for WCIV, appearing on Good Morning Charleston. She has covered a variety of stories while working in the Lowcountry. Her passion for community is exemplified in her storytelling.

Prior to coming to ABC News 4, Megan was an assignment editor, producer, and digital producer for WLTX, News 19 in Columbia, South Carolina. Megan produced several segments on air and online. One of her favorite pieces, was a piece she did exploring the concept of race.

Originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan, Megan grew up right here in the Palmetto state in Manning and graduated from Crestwood High School in Sumter. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Claflin University and began her broadcasting career as a technical producer and radio personality on WQKI-FM in Orangeburg. Megan “loves to talk” and discovered this was the career for her in high school when she read the morning announcements.

Megan has lost a number of family members to cancer. Pancreatic cancer claimed her paternal grandfather when she was just nine-years-old. Though never directly impacted by lung cancer, Megan is aware of how the disease affects a person and their family.  She is passionate about participating as a celebrity performer in Lip Sync For Lungs to help raise funding to finding a cure for this disease that rips families apart.

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Marc Rucquoi, MD

Hospitalist, Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Marc received his undergraduate degree in Theater from Southern Connecticut State University (Go Owls!).  After working with The Connecticut Ballet (The Nutcracker) and New Hampshire’s Town & Country Playhouse (Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, !940’s Radio Hour), Marc spent five years with the cast of Covenant Players performing in 12 countries, including troop shows for the U.S. Military in Germany, Italy, Greece and even on the top of an M-1 tank (watch the exits).

The transition from theater to medicine was born out of a continued desire to serve.  The audiences got smaller — but the stakes much higher.  Marc received his MD degree from The University of Vermont.  He was boarded in Family Medicine after completing residency right here in South Carolina, at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood.

After nearly 10 years practicing as a traditional “country doctor” in both South and then North Carolina, he joined the Hospitalist Service at Roper St. Francis Healthcare — where he has been on staff for the past 10 years.

As a family physician, Marc is passionate about prevention and has worked with smoking and tobacco prevention/cessation programs throughout his career — ever mindful of the fact that 90% of adult smokers began smoking before the age of 21.  The advent of e-cigarettes has only made this problem more complex — and nearly half of the affected population will die prematurely from smoking related diseases.  In his words, “It’s fitting that we all gather to raise money for programs that combat tobacco addiction and related lung disease.  We don’t stop fighting.  We don’t stop teaching — and we certainly don’t stop believing…

VOTE FOR DR. RUCQUOI!