Cancer Center Hosts Annual Survivorship Luncheon

Focus on cultivating inner peace and greater joy


(Baton Rouge, La.) Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center hosted its annual THRIVE survivorship celebration June 23 in recognition and honor of cancer survivors during National Cancer Survivor Month.

The celebration was hosted at the Cancer Center in collaboration with the Red Shoes Project Hope Program. The event consisted of a luncheon followed by a special presentation from Pasha Hogan, an author, therapist and three-time cancer survivor. Hogan shared her personal and professional experiences with cancer and commented on the value of finding joy and celebrating life during and after a diagnosis.

Francinne Lawrence, Ph.D., manager of survivorship and integrative medicine the Cancer Center, spoke to the importance of the event saying, “Survivorship is an important phase on the cancer care continuum in that it acknowledges the individual’s completion of their initial treatment and their new focus on living life well after a cancer diagnosis.”

The Cancer Center offers many free services for survivors and caregivers with the goal of helping patients live a full and meaningful life during and after treatment. These programs aim to treat the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of survivorship, combining research-based complementary therapies with traditional cancer care. At the event, survivors were presented with information on some of these programs, including support groups, mindful yoga, healing arts and meditation. For more information, visit


About Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
As a regional destination for cancer care, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center offers the most advance technology and services provided by a dedicated team of nationally-recognized oncology experts. The Cancer Center provides best-practice, comprehensive care at every stage of the cancer journey, including disease site-specific multidisciplinary care teams, a robust clinical research program, extensive supportive care services and is the only facility in the Gulf South with the revolutionary Leksell Gamma Knife®Icon™. As a nonprofit organization, donor generosity is essential to sustaining the mission of improving survivorship and lessening the burden of cancer for so many throughout Southeast Louisiana and beyond. For more information on the Cancer Center, and how you can become involved, please visit