Help us defeat cancer in Louisiana

Each year, more than 25,000 Louisianans receive a new cancer diagnosis. The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) serves as a collaborative hub that advances cancer research, improves prevention, and accelerates innovative treatments. LCRC brings together the collective talent of more than 200 researchers from four institutions – Tulane School of Medicine, LSU Health New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Ochsner Health – to improve cancer outcomes for Louisianans and all those touched by the disease. 

Keith Clement Portrait

WHY We GIVE

VFW Auxiliary, Dept. of Louisiana

With all that the Department of Louisiana Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary does to support veterans in our state, it found time to support cancer research.

For the second time, the Auxiliary made a generous donation to the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.  Former Auxiliary President Wanda Farbe personally presented a check for over $3,300 to LCRC Scientific Co-directors Augusto Ocha, MD and Prescott Deininger, PhD and Chief Administrative Officer Sven Davisson.  

Afterwards, Ms. Farbe discussed the importance of cancer research in Louisiana, explaining that it is a disease that touches so many veterans, including members of her own family.  “We need as much research as we can because it is so devastating to families,” she said.

Dr. Ochoa reiterated the commitment of LCRC institutions LSU Health New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine, Xavier University of Louisiana and Ochsner Health to bring cutting-edge research to patients in Louisiana. “There is no reason why patients should have to travel out of state [for cancer treatment.]”

Dr. Deininger explained the LCRC’s unique collaborative nature that advances cancer research. “We have teams of people whose research overlaps and they can help each other.  You have people looking from different aspects … to create that kind of synergy.”

Sven Davisson pointed to recent LCRC webinars on accessing cancer clinical trials in Louisiana and an update on smoking-related cancers, as examples of LCRC resources to support cancer patients and their families.

Since its establishment in 1934, the Department of Louisiana V.F.W. Auxiliary has played a vital role in helping the V.F.W. serve Louisiana’s veterans and their dependents. According to its website, they have been instrumental inworking alongside their V.F.W. counterparts at the Post level in getting the work done on all the V.F.W. programs as well as their own special VFW Auxiliary programs and projects. 

Keith Clement Portrait

Why I give

Keith Clement

Keith Clement is a builder and knows what it takes for big projects to come together. He was involved in construction of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center in New Orleans and insists “a cure to cancer will be discovered in this building.”

“Everyone is somehow affected by cancer,” Keith says. His own mother courageously fought breast cancer for seven years, before succumbing to the disease. “It was heartbreaking to watch her experience such a wide variety of side effects. When asked why she continued with chemotherapy and a clinical trial, she said she was doing it for her daughter, her granddaughters, and future generations in hopes of finding a cure.”

With tens of thousands of new diagnoses every year in Louisiana, many families share Keith’s personal connection to the ravages of cancer. He feels empowered in the fight against cancer, knowing that the work of LCRC researchers will eventually help someone with cancer.

It certainly does require a team to pursue advances that support cancer therapies. Donor support like Keith’s makes it possible.

Why I Give

Barbara Greenberg

I feel a personal responsibility and passion to advocate and educate our community about cancer. Everyone seems to be touched in some way by cancer. They need to learn about the LCRC as a research vehicle for eliminating this dreaded disease.

For me, the battle against cancer is truly a personal one. I lost my mother, sister and husband to cancer. Now my three children are fighting genetic wars due to mutations inherited from my husband. Already one of my kids has had cancer, and one has had precancerous cells. Too many family members and dear friends have suffered and succumbed. We MUST find the cure and eradicate this horrid disease.

WHY I give

Sue Singer

As a registered nurse for over 40 years, I understand why the LCRC is so important. My personal commitment to making a difference in cancer research and in our community-at-large was crystalized over 20 years ago when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Having had professional experience with pharmaceutical clinical trials of analgesic studies, I realized that without funding for research, progress in cancer treatment would stagnate.

Now, as a supporter, I have the opportunity to educate people about the importance of research and the value of funding to help propel our local research scientists to achieve their next goal - opening clinical trials and then obtaining FDA approval of treatments.  A personal highlight of mine was facilitating a $50,000 gift to the LCRC. It gave me increased momentum to continue with my passion to serve mankind, make a difference, and have fun along the way.

Why I Give

Carroll Suggs

Carroll Suggs is inspired by the courage of those battling cancer.  She was deeply moved by a family friend who valiantly fought breast cancer for fifteen years before it claimed her life.  Carroll’s proud and defiant friend raised three children in the face of cancer and admonished her doctors: “Don’t tell me what is the matter with me. Tell me what I have to do.”

Inspired by that determination, Carroll Suggs knew what she had to do – support cancer research.  “I  believe in cancer research and I know the difference that it has made in the lives of so many people,” she says.  “When a person dies, you can send flowers or a gift but supporting cancer research is a living gift,” Carroll says.  “The Louisiana Cancer Research Center is making cancer clinical trials accessible to more patients every day.  We need to make the investment in research that allows LCRC researchers to  test the human engine.  It is so important.”
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