Cancer Center to Host Annual Health Event

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Fest for Life promises cancer screenings, food and fun for the entire family


(Baton Rouge, La.) Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is once again providing free, convenient access to a host of cancer screenings at its annual Fest for Live event. Now in its ninth year, Fest for Life 2016 will be held Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Bon Carre’ Business Center, 7359 Florida Blvd. where cancer and other health screenings, food and entertainment will be offered at no cost.

Cancer screenings will include breast, prostate, skin, colorectal and oral cavity, along with blood pressure and glucose checks. Since Fest for Life’s inception in 2008, more than 4,000 people have been screened for cancer at the one-day event.

“Fest for Life is an event I look forward to every year because it’s a day someone’s life could be saved through early detection,” said Fest for Life Honorary Chairman Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. “Every life is valuable and this is an opportunity to make sure everyone gets access to critical screenings.”

All screenings are available to those who have not been screened for cancer in the past 12 months, as well as for people who do not have insurance or are considered to be underinsured. Appointments are required for breast cancer screenings only. To make an appointment please call (225) 215-1234 or (888) 616-4687. For additional information about this event and other upcoming screenings, please visit

As a regional destination for cancer care, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center offers the most advanced 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 and extensive supportive care services. 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