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Monday, April 1, 2013

Press Release Cancer Services



We are so thankful and excited to be a part of Cancer Services by helping the children's program. We are also so honored they named the program after our daughter! Good things to come!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Connie Renée Boudreaux
Marketing Associate
(225) 927-2273 ext. 316
cboudreaux@cancerservices.org

Event Brings Agency Closer to Goal, Starts New Children’s Program
Announcing The Bella Bowman Children’s Program at Cancer Services

Baton Rouge, La.—March 21, 2013 – On Tuesday, March 19th, Cancer Services raised over $100,000 at a luncheon to kickoff its 2013 Annual Giving Program - the most significant donation being a $25,000 commitment from the Bella Bowman Foundation. As the agency’s newest mission partner, the foundation will collaborate with Cancer Services to develop the new children’s program and joins other mission partners Albemarle Corporation and The Cancer Program at Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins. In light of this partnership with the Bella Bowman Foundation, the services offered to children affected by cancer will now be known as The Bella Bowman Children’s Programs at Cancer Services.

In memory of their daughter Bella, Kim and Trey Bowman founded the Bella Bowman Foundation in 2012 after realizing the struggles many families encounter when a child is diagnosed with cancer. The foundation's mission is to create and support research initiatives for pediatric brain cancer, fund new and continuous education and offer comfort care to children and their families. This new partnership with Cancer Services will enable both organizations to better serve these families and children in meaningful ways. "We are honored for the opportunity to integrate the Bella Bowman Foundation's mission into the Children's Program within Cancer Services," said Trey Bowman, co-founder of the Bella Bowman Foundation. "Our unique ability to assist families with the non-medical needs that a family faces following a child's diagnosis of cancer will be of great service to Cancer Services and the families they support. We look forward to helping develop a new children’s program within Cancer Services."

Cancer Services Children’s Programs Coordinator Lindsay Wilson underscores the importance of the joint venture, “Together with the Bella Bowman Foundation, we are already planning new and exciting ways of reaching children with cancer and their families through The Bella Bowman Children’s Program of Cancer Services. We have a vision of being a ‘helping hand’ for every family living with a childhood cancer diagnosis in our ten parish area.”

In addition to the generous contribution from the Bella Bowman Foundation, the Annual Giving event was made possible through many members of the Baton Rouge community. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana underwrote the event and The Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge matched $25,000 raised that day. All money raised through Cancer Services’ Annual Giving stays in this community to benefit families affected by cancer by meeting the educational, financial and emotional needs that arise with a cancer diagnosis.

About The Bella Bowman Foundation
The Bella Bowman Foundation aims to create and support research initiatives for pediatric brain cancer, fund educational opportunities and offer non-medical comfort care to children diagnosed with cancer and the families who care for them. The Bella Bowman Foundation was founded in 2012 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Bella Bowman Foundation has a unique ability to address emerging challenges that a family faces following a child's diagnosis of cancer. Please visitwww.bellabowman.org for more information or call (225) 291-9499.
Meeting the educational, financial, and emotional needs of families affected by cancer
www.cancerservices.org
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