Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Lloyd Kern Jr.

Name: Lloyd Kern Jr.

Age: 51

Occupation: Operator for DOW Chemical

Family: Wife, Joan Kern, Daughter's, Casey Walker and Kerrie Kern, Son, Petey Kern, Grandchildren, Wyatt Walker and Victoria Kern

Diagnosis date: Colon cancer in August of 2007

Date of death: May 15, 2001

What do you want people to remember about him? What we would like for people to remember about Lloyd is his integrity and strength. Because of the values he instilled in his children, they see a lot of him in his grandkids, even though they were very young, 4 and 3, when he passed away. Lloyd was much about family; and family came first. He was an entrepreneur and dabbled in many business ventures, all successful. He was dedicated and loyal and a person you want on your team. But most of all he was a dad…. And the greatest dad a person could ever ask for. He is truly missed every single day. His kids wear a navy blue band around their wrist everyday with honor to remember him.

Any other information you want to add?

This year, more people than ever before will survive cancer and fewer will hear the words "you have cancer." Although we have made tremendous strides, approximately one out of every two men and one out of every three women in America will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. But for those who are suffering right now and for those who may be diagnosed in the future, there is more hope than ever before.

There are so many new advancements today, that were not available many years ago…and it is all a result of participation in events such as the Ascension Parish Relay for Life event, the fund raising helps ACS fund Nobel Peace Prize winners, aid in Cancer research and developments of new clinical trials and treatments. We were able to provide each school in Ascension Parish with information and care packets on breast cancer…This allowed us to arm our youth with the information they need to raise awareness. We are also able to aid patients with items such as fuel cards for gas to go back and forth to treatment, supplements such as ensure and boost for nourishment, and over the counter meds, much of what is all needed during treatment. Our ACS office also offers free wigs to help patients cope with the changes in their appearance that come with their cancer treatments.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Ascension Parish will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Lamar Dixon Exposition Center, from 3 p.m. – 3 a.m. We are asking for your help to support this event. Hope to see you there!