Louisiana Cancer Research Center held its cancer survivors luncheon Oct. 30 at the center on Tulane Avenue in New Orleans. Following its official building dedication ceremony and in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the LCRC hosted the luncheon for a group of minority cancer patients and survivors.
Honored guests included cancer patients and survivors from the LCRC’s partner institutions including LSU Health Sciences Center, Tulane Health Sciences Center, Xavier University of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System, and from surrounding communities.
Scheduled speakers were Big Chief Peppy of the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, who designed a pink ribbon Mardi Gras Indian suit in honor of his wife, Wanda J. Eugene, to celebrate her reaching the five-year mark as a breast cancer survivor; Rev. Norwood Thompson Jr., president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Greater New Orleans Chapter; the Rev. Sergio Serrano, director of the Hispanic Apostolate for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and members of the LCRC Research Team.
Since diseases such as cancer do not affect all racial groups equally, all of the LCRC partner institutions, in addition to their many research initiatives, are engaged in different aspects of minority health and health disparities research while continuing to look for successful preventive measures, treatment options and cures for everyone.