Mary Bird Perkins to host “Fest for Life” this weekend

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 After hosting more than a decade of cancer screenings in a fun, festive environment, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Fest for Life will return Saturday, April 13 in a new location: downtown Baton Rouge.

 With the goal of continuing to save lives through early detection, this year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 4th St. between North St. and Spanish Town Rd. Free cancer screenings include colorectal, breast, prostate, skin and oral cavity.

A brief program with Mayor-President Broome will begin at 10 a.m. 

Cancer survivor and honorary chair Tonja McMillan will be available for interviews, as well as physicians and cancer prevention specialists.

Increasingly, the most common barrier to accessing cancer screenings and prevention is time. Since 2008, more than 5,400 individuals have been screened for cancer at Fest for Life, a free health event that includes cancer screenings, food, children’s activities and entertainment for the entire family.

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