Cancer Services’ 17th Celebration of Life goes Cajun

Staff reports

Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On National Cancer Survivors Day Sunday, June 3, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge is honoring them with its 17th annual Celebration of Life in the form of a traditional Cajun Fais Do-Do. 

Featuring live music, refreshments and a special tribute to those living with cancer, this year’s Celebration of Life takes on a theme unique to the culture of South Louisiana. Fais Do-Dos – Cajun dance parties – have long been a Louisiana tradition and, since this year marks the state’s bicentennial, a natural choice for an organization serving the Baton Rouge area for over 50 years. Executive Director Mimi Riché explains, “We’re a completely local agency so we’re excited to recognize our Louisiana culture with this year’s Fais Do-Do. Cancer survivors deserve a special time to be honored and celebrated and this year’s Celebration of Life will give us that opportunity in a FUN and different way.” 

According to theNational Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, a cancer survivor is anyone with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the rest of their lives. Cancer Services invites all cancer survivors and their loved ones to attend. Esther Sachse, Director of Support Programs at Cancer Services, shares the agency’s excitement, “National Cancer Survivors Day is a wonderful opportunity to honor those who are living with, through and beyond cancer, as well as their friends and family members who support them. This year’s Celebration of Life is really going to be a true celebration and plenty of fun!”

Cajun band Coobie Joe will provide live music for the event as well as dance instruction to get everybody moving! The Fais Do-Do will take place on Sunday, June 3 from 3-5 p.m. in the Bishop’s Hall at St. James Episcopal Church at 205 North 4th Street in Baton Rouge. For more information about the event or to RSVP, contact Cancer Services at 225-927-2273. 

Since 1959, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge has fulfilled the mission of improving life for those living with cancer by providing free of charge programs, services, assistance and support to meet the changing medical, financial, educational and emotional needs of cancer patients and their families within a 10-parish area. If you would like more information about Cancer Services, please call 225-927-2273 or visit