Urges citizens to hold pink events to help raise awareness, funds for local cancer fight
Mayson H. Foster, Mayor of the city of Hammond, has issued a proclamation recognizing October 2013 as Geaux Pink Month in Hammond. “I call on all citizens of the Hammond area to help in promoting this and all causes that will one day help to eradicate the challenge of cancer,” the Mayor urges.
Geaux Pink is a signature awareness and fundraising program of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. It encourages individuals, schools, businesses, and sports teams to join the fight against cancer by hosting Geaux Pink events throughout the year, with special emphasis during the month of October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Louisiana’s breast cancer death rates are among the highest in the nation.
“One hundred percent of the funds generated through Geaux Pink go directly back into the communities raising the funds to support cancer awareness, early detection and screening programs,” said Randy Haddad, development director, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.
Last year, more than 200 people were reached through Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s eight free cancer screenings in Tangipahoa Parish, including breast cancer screenings.
To sign up for Geaux Pink or for more information, please call (225) 215-1208 or visit www.marybird.org/geauxpink.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 40 years. With five centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma and Gonzales, its service area encompasses 18 parishes across southeast Louisiana. For more information, please visit www.marybird.org.