Cancer Center’s 12th Annual Fest For Life Achieves Milestones

Cancer Center’s 12th Annual Fest For Life Achieves Milestones
Twelve years and more than 5,750 screened


(Baton Rouge, La.) Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s annual Fest for Life event recently reached two major milestones: twelve years of providing prevention and early detection services and more than 5,750 people screened in the history of the event. The Cancer Center reports that hundreds were tested for cancer and other health conditions at Fest for Life on April 13 in downtown Baton Rouge.

“The longevity and continued growth of Fest for Life highlights the increasing need for these services in the community,” said Johnnay Benjamin, the Cancer Center’s early detection and education director. “Whether people are insured or uninsured, research shows that because many people don’t access early detection services, there are more late-stage diagnoses, which require more complicated treatments. Finding cancer early is the best offense when it comes to fighting the disease, and events like Fest for Life continue to fulfill this important community need.”

Following is an overview of screening statistics for Fest for Life 2019:

  • Participants received 300 cancer screenings
  • 56% of participants had never been screened for cancer before
  • 19 participants had abnormal findings detected from screenings and are currently being supported by a patient navigator for additional testing and follow-up care
  • 39% of those screened were uninsured

Special thanks to Fest for Life’s presenting sponsor, Karnival Krewe de Louisiane. Other generous supporters included Blue Ribbon Soiree, Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, Healthy Blue, Associated Grocers, AmeriHealth Caritas, 100 Black Men of Greater Baton Rouge, Batch13, Blues Fest, Capitol City Produce, Coca-Cola of Baton Rouge, Farmers Market, Healthy Blue, and Whole Foods.

The Cancer Center offers prevention and early detection services year round. For information on upcoming screenings, call (225) 215-1234 or visit

Fest for Life offered something for everyone – from cancer screenings to hula hoop contests.


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™. The American College of Surgeons has named the Cancer Center a recipient of its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for three consecutive survey cycles. 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