In 1968, the Foundation held a capital campaign capped by a generous gift of land from philanthropist Paul D. Perkins, whom he made in honor of his late daughter, Mary Bird. In 1971, the Mary Bird Perkins Radiation Treatment Center opened its doors in Baton Rouge. After 14 years of operation, in 1985, Mary Bird Perkins relocated to its present site on Essen Lane and installed the first linear accelerator in the state. The following year, in 1986, the name of the center was changed to Mary Bird Perkins,Cancer Center.
In 1988, the first satellite treatment center was opened in Hammond, followed by 3 more Centers in southeast Louisiana: Covington in 1998, Houma in 2008 and Gonzales in 2009.
From its inception, the mission of Mary Bird Perkins (MBP) has been to provide the highest quality radiation therapy and compassionate support to all patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay. This commitment, created by the Center’s founders, has been generously supported year after year by the local community.
Today, Mary Bird Perkins is not only a leader in providing state-of-the-art radiation therapy across southeast Louisiana, but it is also bringing screenings and early detection programs, education and research to its 18-parish service area (Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, St. John, St. James, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana and Washington). Through multiple innovative partnerships, Mary Bird Perkins is succeeding in its mission to fight cancer.
The Foundation houses an endowment designed to provide annual program support to Mary Bird Perkins. Contributions and/or planned gifts (bequests, estate gifts, charitable remainder trusts, etc.) to the Foundation of $10,000 will place the donor in the Anna B. Lipsey Legacy Builders Society. Call (225) 215-1224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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