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Our founder Bradie James has taken hits in life on and off the field. The death of both of his parents, three months apart was one of the hardest hits he’s ever taken in his life. After voluntarily maintaining his silence about losing both of his parents during his professional career in the NFL; he finally decided to start sharing his story with the public
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is proud to partner with Bradie James, a staunch advocate for cancer prevention and early detection, to help expand access to breast cancer screenings and education in Northeast Louisiana.
Louisiana has the fourth highest cancer mortality rate in the nation, partly because many cancers are diagnosed too late for a cure, often reducing the chances of long-term survivorship. Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American Women. Access to breast health education, early-detection and patient navigation can dramatically reduce Louisiana’s cancer mortality and late-diagnosis rates.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s nationally recognized Prevention on the Go community program has a longstanding legacy of providing gold-standard, innovative early detection services in locations where people live, work, worship, shop and play. Our mobile medical clinics travel throughout Louisiana and southwest Mississippi to serve thousands of participants each year.
We strongly believe every person should have convenient access to prevention, education, and early detection services and proud to partner with Bradie James on prevention initiatives in Northeast Louisiana. Without funding to support free breast cancer screening events, many residents who are uninsured or underinsured would not have access to screening or follow-up diagnostics.
Through his generosity as a PREVENTION PARTNER, James is helping fuel valuable. lifesaving programs to screen, find cancer early, when treatment can be more effective, and educate more people, saving more lives.
In fall of 2021, we kicked off our three-year partnership with a breast cancer screening in West Monroe, offering free clinical breast exams, mammograms and navigation as needed to local providers. In addition, because of high incidence and mortality rates for colorectal cancer in this area, risk assessments and easy-to-use take home colorectal screening kits were offered as appropriate. We look forward to continued partnership throughout 2022.
The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care to cancer patients at nine facilities, including Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma, Gonzales, Zachary and Natchez, North East Louisiana and its service area surrounds southeast Louisiana and the southwest Mississippi region.
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To date, Foundation 56 has contributed more than half a million dollars to funding mobile mammogram units, serving communities in South Louisiana and North Texas. In October 2011, the foundation unveiled the Bradie James’ Resource Center inside of the Women’s Imaging Center inside the Methodist Dallas Medical Center. This resource center offers everything from fitted wigs, prosthesis, social therapy programs, support groups, and more.
The foundation has been able to serve more than 25,000 people through partnerships made possible by American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Methodist Health Systems, and a host of other partners. Foundation 56 also provides transportation services for women in need to get to physical therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment (approx. 20 appointments each week).
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“This community screening event was such a convenient option. I had not been screened in five years because I didn’t have insurance and I’m so busy with work, so it’s hard to schedule a screening in a traditional setting.” – Female, Age 47 | Breast & Colorectal Cancer Screening Participant
“The screening was great because it was available at no charge. Without that, I wouldn’t be able to afford this kind of care.” – Female, Age 44 | Breast & Colorectal Cancer Screening Participant
“The screening experience was really awesome. The staff were great and serving people with love.” – Female, Age 76 | Colorectal Cancer Screening Participant
“I had a very positive experience with the mobile unit making it easier for me to get screened. I wish there were more of these types of services available to the community.” – Female, Age 68 | Breast & Colorectal Cancer Screening Participant
In 2002, we launched a comprehensive program to provide prevention and early detection services to find cancer in its earliest stage when better outcomes are more likely. Together with partners, we screen people for breast, colorectal, oral, prostate and skin cancers throughout our 30-parish and county service area. These efforts are nationally recognized as best practices in outreach and are making a positive difference in lives across Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi.
A variety of machines, including x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans, can be used to create pictures of the structures inside the body to rule out or diagnose a certain medical condition.