Help us defeat cancer in Louisiana

Cancer touches the lives of too many in our state.  With over 25,000 new diagnoses expected this year alone, cancer is silently and aggressively claiming lives in Louisiana. There are more than 200 cancer researchers on the LCRC faculty, all of whom are advancing discoveries in therapies to improve patient outcomes and reduce the impact of this killer in our state.  Your donation to the Louisiana Cancer Research Center directly supports the work of preeminent scientists at LSU Health New Orleans,  Tulane School of Medicine, Xavier University of Louisiana and Ochsner Health as they make inroads into this deadly killer.

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 the 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 to find 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 and donor support like Keith’s makes it possible.

Keith Clement Portrait

WHY We GIVE

VFW Auxiliary, Dept. of Louisiana

"There is not one person that I know that has not been touched by cancer in some way or shape or form," said Kolleen Herndon of New Orleans.  

As past president of  Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Louisiana which includes 5,600 auxiliaries and almost 5,000 members, she selected the Louisiana Cancer Research Center as beneficiary of the organization's annual fundraising initiative. The statewide VFW auxiliary has a tradition of supporting cancer and research programs in the state.

Ms. Herndon was joined by auxiliary officers Mary Johnson and Margaret Nixon to present a check of more than $6,500 to LCRC Scientific Co-Directors Prescott Deininger, PhD and Augusto Ochoa, MD. LCRC Chief Operating Officer Sven Davisson and LCRC Chief Financial Officer Deborah Reeder also welcomed the auxiliary representatives.

Corporate and organizational support is an important source of fundraising for the LCRC. If your organization interested in donating to the LCRC, contact us at 504-210-1030.

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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