History

History

 

Cancer Crusaders was founded in 1976 by Lynda Mahana for the purpose of raising funds for cancer research in the Greater New Orleans area.  Since 1978, Cancer Crusaders has provided over $3 million in support of the LSU Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center and Tulane Cancer Center endowments, fellow and resident programs, and clinical research studies and data collection on possible theories in finding the answer to cancer.

The Louisiana State Legislature passed legislation allowing LSU and Tulane Cancer Centers to form the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium opened in 2012.  This newly formed Consortium will enhance the collaborative efforts between the two medical centers through the opening of a new research building located in downtown New Orleans just between the two institutions.  It will further enhance opportunities in attracting national grants and research projects that will open doors for new cancer treatment options.  Cancer Crusaders is continuing to expand its membership and activities that will continue to support important cancer research through two outstanding community institutions that are working hard at innovative treatments, cutting-edge research and to ultimately finding a cure for cancer.

 

Challenges:

More than 1.3 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year.  Cancer will affect one in two American men and one in three American women…it is a staggering statistic.

Louisiana has one of the highest cancer death rates in the United States and cancer accounts for 27% of the overall deaths in Louisiana.  Research in this area attempts to normalize these percentages, eliminate the disparities, which plague Louisiana, and move us closer to a global cure for cancer. 

Did you know…every hour of every day; a person dies of cancer in Louisiana?

Help us change that statistic.  We can do it together.  Research is the key!

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