Life Savers 2017Support Feist-Weiller Cancer Center with 1920s-themed gala!

Life Savers, September 16

Life Savers 2017


Support local cancer research and treatment through Feist-Weiller Cancer Center’s Life Savers Ball. This year’s gala, set for 7 p.m. September 16 at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fundraising event with the “Roaring into our 20s” theme.

“Life Savers is the only gala event that benefits Feist-Weiller Cancer Center’s Idea Grant program,” said Dr. Glenn Mills, director of Feist-Weiller. “The funds raised go directly to cancer research in our area, with researchers at Feist-Weiller and LSU Health Shreveport using the grants to develop their work in their individual areas of expertise.”

Thanks to the annual Life Savers event started in 1998, 33 local Idea Grants totaling $1.6 million have been awarded over the past 19 years. Scientists have leveraged this local money into $14.3 million in national grants. Grant projects have ranged from studying viruses that cause cancer to experimental drugs that can be used in cancer treatments.

Life Savers Ball co-chairs Dr. Angela Cornelius and Julie Zadeck invite the community to travel back to the Jazz Age in their best black tie and 1920s-inspired attire to this year’s gala. The event will include dinner, open bar, silent auction, as well as live music and dancing with the band Stormy. Tickets to the event are on sale now. Sponsorships and table reservations can be purchased at

“Feist-Weiller offers unique services to our patients not available anywhere else in the region,” Cornelius said. “It’s vital to support cancer research and treatment in our area, and Life Savers gives our community a fun night out that makes a true impact in combating cancer.”

As part of an academic health sciences center, Feist-Weiller at LSU Health Shreveport has doctors with expertise in radiology, pathology, oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology who work together to provide comprehensive care.

The center is home to the Bone & Marrow Transplant Program at University Health, the only location in a 200-mile radius that offers advanced treatment of leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma through allogenic, autologous and haploidentical transplants.

Feist-Weiller is also one of only eight St. Jude-affiliate clinics in the United States, allowing area children suffering with pediatric cancer to be treated closer to home, a significant factor for these often lengthy treatments.

The facility offers the only American College of Radiology designated Lung Cancer Screening Center in the area. Low-dose CT scanning is the only effective method in detecting lung cancer early, which significantly reduces lung cancer mortality.

Working with the Cancer Genomic Sequencing Lab, Feist-Weiller doctors can pinpoint specific genes unique to an individual patient’s cancer. The physicians can then target therapy to each patient’s cancer, providing unique treatment for each patient’s needs.

For more information on the Life Savers Ball, contact Darlene Whitaker at (318) 813-1485.