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Take the Fight Forward


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Take the Fight Forward


Take The Fight Forward

Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

Fighting cancer takes courage. For many, it’s a battle of survival that encompasses the patient, their family and the entire healthcare team. At Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center we serve the needs of more patients than any other cancer program in Louisiana. While new facilities, national recognition and recent treatment advances are testaments to our progress, our unrelenting commitment to overcome the disease demands that we do more.

At Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, we are driving the future of the cancer care in the Gulf South. By supporting the Cancer Center, you are investing in your community, your neighbors, your family and many others whom you will never meet. The fight against cancer is a shared endeavor that can only come about when everyone works together. It takes you. It takes all of us. Your gift will provide enhanced services along our pillars of philanthropy including prevention, innovation, research, teamwork, survivorship and patient assistance so more patients from across our community and beyond can receive the most comprehensive and advanced care possible.

This is Your Fight. This is Our Fight. It’s Time to Take it Forward.

 

(scroll below to view our Pillars of Philanthropy)

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Prevention


Donna Collins-Lewis

City-Parish Councilwoman,
breast cancer survivor

Prevention


Donna Collins-Lewis

City-Parish Councilwoman,
breast cancer survivor

Forward with Prevention

Reducing cancer mortality through enhanced prevention and early detection.

I missed my mammogram just one time and later discovered that I had cancer. I simply can’t stress enough how important regular screenings are. Today, I work with the Cancer Center to provide area women with greater access to annual screenings, and the mobile screening unit provides free mammograms to women in the community. Screening for five types of cancer all year long shows how truly committed the early detection team is to the health of our city. Their work touches the lives of everyone in the community.
— Donna Collins-Lewis
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Research


Megan Gallagher Mabus

Cancer survivor, clinical
trial participant

Research


Megan Gallagher Mabus

Cancer survivor, clinical
trial participant

Forward with Research

Providing patients access to more groundbreaking clinical trials and translational research.

I am cancer free today because of people who took part in research studies to develop successful treatment options. If I can help future generations by participating in clinical trials that will lead to the development and design of new antibodies and immunotherapy treatments, I am honored to do so. Knowing I can help other women battling breast cancer is an amazing way to give back to those who came before me.
— Megan Gallagher Mabus
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Survivorship


Nora Taylor

Cancer survivor, Mind-Body
Together Program Participant

Survivorship


Nora Taylor

Cancer survivor, Mind-Body
Together Program Participant

Forward with Survivorship

Building a national model for cancer survivorship.

The support I’ve received here has given me inner peace and helped me to deal with my fight and cancer journey. Through the Mind-Body Together Program, I have learned a different method of meditation, and it has helped me feel more peaceful. The cancer journey has been hard, and I feel blessed to have the support of such an amazing care team.
— Nora Taylor
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Innovation


Jonas Fontenot

Ph.D., Medical Physicist

Innovation


Jonas Fontenot

Ph.D., Medical Physicist

Forward with Innovation

Advancing technology and facilities in order to attract the very best cancer minds in the nation.

The Cancer Center is one of only a handful American institutions, and the first in the Gulf South, to offer the new Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™ stereotactic radiosurgery system. With support from our donors, the medical physics team will deploy its research expertise to expand the capabilities of this exciting new technology to improve outcomes for patients. Through this, we’re able to profoundly impact cancer research around the world.
— Jonas Fontenot
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Teamwork


John M. Lyons III

M.D., Surgical Oncologist,
Chair, Skin Cancer MDC Team

Teamwork


John M. Lyons III

M.D., Surgical Oncologist,
Chair, Skin Cancer MDC Team

Forward with Teamwork

Expanding integrative multidisciplinary care.

Multidisciplinary Care (MDC) Teams are a great way to bring the best minds in our community together to focus on improving cancer care for every patient. It’s talented people, each with an expertise, all focused on battling one disease – individuals functioning as a team to provide advanced, specialized care. The Cancer Center is working to expand these collaborative efforts to bring more minds and manpower together in order to tackle more types of cancer.
— John M. Lyons III
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Without Barriers


Orion Payne

LCSW
Oncology Patient Navigator
Partners of Hope Donor

Without Barriers


Orion Payne

LCSW
Oncology Patient Navigator
Partners of Hope Donor

Forward without Barriers

Providing access and assistance to patients who need it most.

We help resource — challenged cancer patients get connected with lodging, transportation and basic needs so they can focus on what’s most important – their treatment – free of stress. Without assistance from the Cancer Center, some patients wouldn’t even be able to come to their appointments or continue treatment. Support from our donors makes everything we do possible. I try to do my part by personally contributing through Partners of Hope, our employee giving program.
— Orion Payne