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Partners of Hope



We are 60% of the way to our goal of 100% employee participation! The percentage is reflective of Mary Bird Perkins employee giving. Watch the videos from our team members to see how your gift directly impacts the patients we serve. Click the link below to submit your gift – any amount will help us reach our goal!


See below for how team members in their own words describe the incredible needs they see among those we serve. Please check back for more stories and team member testimonials coming soon.

Jessie Knapp – Office Manager, Natchez

With many patients living in rural areas around Natchez, transportation can become a large barrier to treatment. Hear how Partners of Hope can help patients overcome this and other obstacles.

Denise Bradford – Director of Cancer Navigation

Learn why having food security and transportation are so important to patients during their cancer treatment.

Mike Miranda – Radiation Therapy Program Manager, Covington

Some Northshore patients struggle to get proper nutrition needed to stay healthy during treatment. Learn how your contribution can help their needs.

Whitney Craig – Director of Cancer Services

Through Partners of Hope, Cancer Services can provide new nutritional options to patients. Learn how these options can help patients stay healthy during their treatments.

Betsy Raetzsch

“One of our patients is a veteran who served our country and was facing a cancer diagnosis, but he had no personal transportation options, so he was going to decline treatment. Fortunately, with funds from Partners of Hope and other resources, he’s able to access the care he so desperately needs and deserves.”

Betsy Raetzsch, LCSW, Social Worker

“Not long after I began working at Mary Bird, a patient passed away because she didn’t have money for food and we didn’t know. That has always stuck with me. Proper nutrition is so important to healing and responding to treatment. I can’t say enough about the need to support food security for patients.”

Kate Walker, Social Worker

Kate Walker
Sarah Geismar

“What’s available at church pantries and food banks is minimal, and there really aren’t many other options. We often give patients the information for the types of food they need to eat while they are under treatment and where they can get it, but many times it’s unavailable, and they don’t have money to buy it. It’s a real problem and their health suffers.”

Sarah Geismar, LCSW, Social Worker
LSU North Baton Rouge Clinic


The Cancer Center team is made up of the most compassionate, dedicated people providing the best care in the region. This is why years ago, team members founded Partners of Hope (POH), a team member giving program, providing another way to advance the organization’s mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer. POH provides an easy way for Mary Bird Perkins and hospital partner employees and physicians to give through payroll deductions or one-time gifts. You can electronically fill in and email the POH enrollment form to Corrie Mackey ( You can also download, print and fill out the form and interoffice it to Corrie in Mary Bird Perkins’ HR Department.


Learn more about the progress of this year’s POH campaign from Todd Stevens, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s president and CEO. Click here to read a detailed message from Todd about the specifics of this year’s POH efforts.

2020 FOCUS

Areas of Need


Transportation is a tremendous need among all Mary Bird locations. If those impacted by cancer cannot access treatment or support services, it can severely impact outcomes. Dollars donated will go toward transportation services and gas cards for those in critical need so they can quickly and conveniently access care.

Food Security

In order to reap the benefits of treatment, patients must receive proper nutrition and many individuals do not have the funds to purchase nutrient-rich foods to help advance their recovery.

Each of these barriers to care were identified by team members as areas in which many patients struggle.

Distribution of Funds

Transportation and food security impact patients at all locations, so funds raised will be divided among all cancer centers and Cancer Services. Amounts will be based on patient volumes and needs.