(Houma, La.) – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC is announcing the start of its Geaux Pink program aimed at raising awareness and funds for the fight against cancer – all of which remain local. Individuals, schools, businesses and sports teams are invited to join the Cancer Center in its continuing efforts to defeat this disease by hosting a Geaux Pink event during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Geaux Pink is a fun and easy way to support the local fight against cancer,” said Amy Ponson, development director, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC. “Anyone can host an event to raise awareness and funds to battle this disease that affects so many in our community. The possibilities are endless!”
Louisiana’s breast cancer death rates are among the highest in the nation. This is due to a lack of access to care, delayed diagnosis and treatment, limited educational awareness and low utilization of preventative services. Last year, in a continuing effort to combat these statistics, more than 730 people were reached through Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC’s 17 free cancer screenings, which includes breast cancer screenings.
One hundred percent of the funds raised through Geaux Pink will help support these early detection and screening programs and raise breast cancer awareness in the Bayou Region. Examples of Geaux Pink events might include a pink dress-down day at school or the office for a donation from participants; dedicating a portion of ticket sales from a home football game; or holding a Geaux Pink car wash.
“Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC would not be able to provide the services and programs that we do without the generosity of the community,” Ponson said. “We are so grateful for everyone’s continued support and look forward to painting the town pink come October!”
To sign up for Geaux Pink or for more information, please call (985) 851-8661 or visit www.marybird.org/geauxpink.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC provides the full spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship for those in the Bayou Region. Its services include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, as well as patient navigation, clinical trials and free community screenings. The Center is nationally accredited with commendation and recognized for excellence in cancer care by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.