Al Copeland Foundation and LSU Health New Orleans Cancer Network to Benefit Patients in the Gulf State Region
In honor of World Cancer Day and National Cancer Prevention Month, the LSU Health Foundation, New Orleans announces a gift of $400,000 from The Al Copeland Foundation and a commitment of $2 million over the next ten years to support the Al Copeland Foundation and LSU Health New Orleans Cancer Partnership Network. The Network, an innovative, robust cancer program that will benefit patients with cancer in Louisiana and the Gulf State Region, expands the partnership that began more than a decade ago.
The Al Copeland Foundation and LSU Health New Orleans Cancer Partnership Network will support cancer research programs and help bring clinical trials to a broad range of cancer patients. It will also develop a patient screening, prevention, and outreach initiative.
“Advancements in cancer research and treatment don’t just happen by coincidence; they happen because of the hard work of people like Al Copeland Jr. and the work of both his Foundation and the LSU Health Foundation, New Orleans,” says LSU Health Foundation CEO & President Matt Altier. “Together we can, and have, made a real difference in the ability to one day cure this awful disease. With this new commitment from Al Copland Jr. and The Al Copeland Foundation, and the forming of the Al Copeland Foundation and LSU Health New Orleans Cancer Partnership Network, that ability has grown even closer to becoming a reality. We can’t thank him enough.”
“Our partnership with LSU Health New Orleans led us to find the treatment for the cancer that took my father’s life,” says Al Copeland Jr. “Fighting for his life led us down a path of searching for a lifesaving treatment around the world. With the new partnership expansion, the ultimate goal is for everyone to access to innovative cancer treatments that can save their lives right here at home.”
“Building the new Cancer Network, with the support of the Al Copeland Foundation, is an important step in offering patients a more active role in their health care outcomes and contributing to a healthier future generation,” said Dr. Steve Nelson, LSU Health New Orleans Interim Chancellor. “Being able to provide this access right here in Louisiana is a huge step for the advancement in cancer care for our residents.”
“The partnership between LSU Health and the Al Copeland Foundation will set the stage for the delivery of novel therapeutic approaches to cancer that many patients might not otherwise be able to access. Its impact on the region will be tremendous,” said Dr. John H. Stewart, IV, MD, MBA, the director of the LSU-LCMC Cancer Center.