American Cancer Society announces inaugural year Colors of Hope nominees

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. To fight that statistic, men and women in Ascension Parish and the surrounding area are wearing colors such as purple, pink, teal and gold to raise funds and awareness.

In its first year, 12 prominent area men and women will take a stand against cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society of Ascension Parish. During the month of February, the Colors of Hope campaign will encourage others in their lives and in the community to take action in the fight against cancer by learning more about early detection methods and scheduling cancer screenings.

“In addition to wearing their selected color and raising awareness about cancer issues, these Colors of Hope Honorees will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer,” said Jessica Dunaway, Volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Ascension Parish. “Funds raised allow the Society to be there for those touched by cancer, including those who are currently dealing with a cancer diagnosis and those who may face a diagnosis in the future.”

The 2019 Colors of Hope Honorees are:

--Corey Gautreaux, Gonzales Fire Department

--Jacob Ory, Gonzales Police Department

--Kristin Kling, Bridgeway Hospice

--James LeBlanc, St. Amant Fire

--Ed Price, Senator

--Tammy Guillory, Jambalaya Festival

--Todd Ford, Jefferson Manor

--Toni Hardy, Galvez Primary

--Adam McCarty, State Farm

--Lois Doyle, Caresouth

--Amy Champagne, Pecan Grove Primary

--Marc Schnexailder, Prarieville Pharmacy

According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer and an estimated 595,690 will die from the disease this year.

Contributed by the American Cancer Society Relay for Life