Today in Louisiana 64 people will be told that they have Cancer.
This statistic may seem like a heavy topic for a weekend post, but fortunately there’s an incredible organization that aims to restore hope. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has been a leader in Cancer research and patient assistance for over 100 years, and we have our own branch right here in New Orleans.
Who They Are
The ACS Louisiana branch offers 135 programs that provide everything from doctor appointment transportation to free housing for patients, along with traditional and innovative counseling services. One program called “Look Good Feel Better” teaches female patients makeup and hair styling techniques to help them cope with the physical side effects of Chemotherapy treatment. These lessons reach further than skin-deep by giving patients a much-needed source of self-confidence and a sense of normalcy. The organization also pairs Cancer survivors with newly-diagnosed patients to form supportive, nurturing and trusting relationships. There are several research-based and preventative programs that encourage routine testing and smoking cessation. The American Cancer Society’s programs are informative and supportive of patients and families in need of a helping hand.
What They Do
In true New Orleans style, the local ACS branch knows how to have a great time to support their cause!
The Belles and Beaus Ball is an extravagant display of evening gowns, luxury silent auction items, and fine dining restaurant offerings that have been graciously donated by community business owners. The Ball honors New Orleans area locals who have given much time and support to the organization’s mission. Previous honorees include local weather guru Bob Breck and Fleurty Girl Lauren Thom. The Ball is a gorgeous event, and should not be missed! This year’s Ball is slated for September 26th, and tickets are on sale now. As an added bonus, the free Honoree Announcement Party takes place on July 25th at The Shops at Canal Place! Be sure to check it out and cheer for your favorite local hero!
The next event, Relay for Life, is an all-nighter where communities unite to celebrate those who have beaten Cancer, remember those who battled the illness, and fight for a Cancer-free future. The idea behind Relay for Life is that Cancer never sleeps, so why should we? Supporters form teams, camp out, and take turns circling a track to raise funds and awareness in their neighborhoods. The atmosphere is energetic and fun, like your favorite festival! Check out the Facebook Page to get involved. You can join an existing Relay team or form one of your own. The Relay events take place in the fall and spring. Click here to find an upcoming event near you.
How You Can Help
Possibly the coolest volunteer gig this year is a spot at the upcoming Color Run in City Park on August 23rd. As a volunteer, you’ll be responsible for lobbing hundreds of pouches of colorful powder at race participants. It’s a great opportunity to get messy, so bring the kids too! For each volunteer that signs up, the organization will receive a hefty donation from the folks that host the race. It’s a priceless experience with big payoff for ACS, so sign up today by entering your information and selecting “Charity” in the “Volunteer for” box!
I hope to see you out at all of these events this year, and let’s just hope you’re on the right side of my color pouch!
To volunteer or get more information on events and services contact Britta Ehnebuske at [email protected] or (504) 219-2291.