Cancer Survivors Artwork to be Displayed at Songwriter’s Festival

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center hosts art event for cancer survivors and family members.

(Baton Rouge, La.) Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Adamek Overlook was filled with laughter and music as cancer survivors decorated instruments at the recent Music in Me Healing Arts workshop.

Laura Gaddy, the Cancer Center’s survivorship program coordinator, encouraged the group to express themselves through painting guitars and drum heads. Local singer/songwriter Barry Hebert performed, helping inspire artistic creativity as the survivor group painted instruments. Also in attendance was one of the co-hosts of Talk 107.3’s Rock It Right radio show Dr. Kay Solar, who recorded the medical segment of her program during the event to explain the benefits of Healing Arts, a therapeutic program that promotes enhanced health and well-being.

The decorated instruments will be displayed at the Third Street Songwriter’s Festival April 21 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center from 1 – 6 p.m. Michael Ransow, one of the Music in Me participants, will be performing in the 2 p.m. songwriter round at the festival.

All Cancer Center survivorship events are free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the community. 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™. 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