Cancer Program Selected for Community Impact Project

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(Baton Rouge, La.) The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the United States. Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign that begins on May 11 at 10:00 a.m. CST.  Vote for the Cancer Program at:

Applicants with the top votes per region will receive a financial award of support to replicate and implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer. Finalists will also receive tools and resources from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death.  The foundation is now known publicly by its powerful brand–LIVESTRONG–and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.

“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the Community Impact Project,” said Dr. Mitch Berger, medical director of The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins. “We share LIVESTRONG’s passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and believe that by combining our resources we can make the most difference.”

The 2011 Community Impact Project will offer more than $700,000 in implementation awards to 90 finalists.  This represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year in the history of the foundation.  LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested nearly $70 million in community-centered organizations.

Voting ends on May 31, 2011 at 5 p.m. CST.  For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit



The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins is the most comprehensive cancer program in the region offering patients the convenience of receiving high-quality, advanced cancer care in one location, close to home. The Cancer Program offers surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and has been accredited by The American College of Surgeons since 1992 – the gold-standard for community-based cancer care. This program is a participant in the prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). For more information on our cancer program and the NCCCP, please visit or