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Mary Bird Perkins 50th Anniversary

Mary Bird Perkins has served the needs of patients throughout the communities we serve for 50 years. Thanks to generous community support, we are able to provide patients with leading-edge treatments and technologies to ensure the best care possible. Throughout southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi, you will find our radiation facilities, as well as comprehensive cancer centers made possible through valuable hospital partnerships.

Celebrate with us throughout 2021 as we honor and pay tribute to our supporters, patients, team members and physicians who have been a part of our history, and as we continue to propel cancer care forward for everyone who needs us.

Generous community support has fueled Mary Bird Perkins’ growth over the last 50 years and will be necessary in order to continue advancing our mission. The Ben Blanchard Foundation has played an integral part in helping the Cancer Center provide patients on the Northshore with the best care possible. Watch Susan Blanchard speak about why the Foundation consistently supports Mary Bird Perkins and why they feel it’s important for others to do so. Learn how you can become a part of  improving survivorship and lessening the burden of cancer at marybird.org/giving.

For the past 50 years, our team members have provided compassionate care to patients; it’s an integral part of what makes Mary Bird Perkins special. Dan Vincent, director of radiation therapy operations in Houma, expressed what being a part of the team means to him: “What stands out to me about working at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is the support mentality that exists throughout the entire facility. As a director in Houma, I see firsthand how teamwork is consistently present to ensure the best experience and outcomes for our patients. Doing what is right for them is our highest priority, which makes it the type of organization you feel good being a part of.”

Conducting radiation therapy research to enhance cancer care has been a core strength of Mary Bird Perkins for many years now. The partnership between the Cancer Center and the LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy has produced high-quality research that has been shared across the globe. Watch Dr. Jonas Fontenot, chief operating officer and chief of physics for Mary Bird Perkins, speak about how this research impacts patient care locally and internationally.

Gamm Knife Icon - 50th post

Steeped in a tradition of bringing the latest advancements in cancer fighting technology to the Gulf Coast, in 2016 the Cancer Center in Baton Rouge was one of the first in the country to acquire the Gamma Knife Icon, which non-invasively treats cancers and non-cancerous and central nervous system conditions. Since then, the Cancer Center has performed more than 1,000 procedures utilizing this breakthrough radiosurgery. 

The Cancer Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and when we look back over these decades Hillar Moore and his family have been standing with us, helping propel the mission forward. Since 1990, the Hillar C. Moore, Jr. Golf Classic has raised more than $3 million to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer. Thank you to the Moore family for continuing their passionate support for the Cancer Center. 

Change in cancer care happens at an incredibly rapid pace and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is always on the forefront of utilizing new technologies and research to enhance treatment outcomes and survival rates. Watch Dr. Ashley Brown, radiation oncologist, speak about how focusing 100% on cancer has been highly effective, an approach that will lead care in communities for years to come.

Celebrate with Us

Community giving and generosity has always fueled Mary Bird Cancer Center and 2021 marks not only 50 years of providing comprehensive care to cancer patients, but also 50 years of generous philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, schools and many others. Be a game changer and help us celebrate this milestone of people helping people!