DONALDSONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — Donaldsonville residents will have access to free cancer screenings on Friday, May 20.

“Early detection saves lives – that’s a fact,” said Heather Johnson, director of early detection and education, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “When you find cancer in its earliest stage, you drastically improve your chances of successful treatment. We believe empowering residents with the tools and information they need to take charge of their health will play an important role in helping our community triumph over cancer.”

The event hosted by Mary Bird Perkins will take place on May 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waguespack Center located at 1201 Maginnis Street. Event organizers said residents can get screened for breast, colorectal, prostate, and skin cancer. Residents will need to make a screening appointment by calling

Free food, live music, and information about cancer will be available at the event.

“We are proud to support Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and are excited to bring this cancer screening opportunity to Donaldsonville,” said DeEtte DeArmond, a founder of the Gonzales Area Foundation. “Every single one of us plays a role in improving the health of Ascension Parish. This starts by emphasizing the importance of preventive care and screenings. We encourage residents to come out and take advantage of this free event – it could save your life.”

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