MPCS: Helping Families Fight, Survive, and Live with Cancer
Oct 13, 2017 09:26AM
● By Caitlin Marshall
Fifteen years ago, Miles Perret Cancer Services opened its doors with a vision of helping the local community fight, survive, and live with cancer. This place of hope and healing was created in memory of Miles Perret. Although Miles lived only eight years, his was a life filled with curiosity, joy and love. He had an understanding of friendship and faith far beyond his years, and he left an impression on all who knew him. When Miles was diagnosed in 1995, his family determined right away that Miles would have as normal and carefree a life as possible. Their journey with him provided firsthand experience of the daily challenges of fighting cancer. Miles Perret Cancer Services was founded in 2002 to help others meet those challenges.
Miles Perret Cancer Services (MPCS) is a haven for individuals battling with cancer. Our goal is to meet the needs of cancer survivors and their families in a very personal way. We are here to provide emotional support, guidance, resources, programs, and most of all, HOPE. Our services are comprehensive regardless of age or circumstances. No appointment is necessary and there are no qualifications. Services are provided at no charge thanks to the support of our generous community. All funding comes entirely from the generosity of individuals and businesses in our service area along with annual fundraisers including Games of Acadiana, MPCS Triathlon, & Camellia Crossing & our community outreach programs including our Miles of Hope retail donation campaign & Change for Miles school program.
Our mission is to address the non-medical needs of those fighting cancer. Our in-house scope of services include wigs, hats, turbans, scarves, nutritional supplements, mastectomy bras, prostheses, medical supplies, durable medical equipment, treatment care kits for clients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, survivorship programs, patient navigation tools, and a resource library. MPCS Wellness Center offers personalized fitness and nutrition counseling, as well as open exercise, yoga, Pilates, and dance classes. At MPCS, we understand than cancer not only affects the individual, but also has an impact on the entire family. MPCS also offers many “family support” programs such as an annual back to school project, helping families with their school supply needs, breast cancer support groups, Christmas giving tree, creative expressions art classes, and SMILES for Miles family outings.
From our humble beginnings, Miles Perret Cancer Services has grown to touch thousands of families in a 10-parish service area throughout Southwest Louisiana including Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, & Vermilion. Our office is centrally located in Lafayette and we extend services to the outlying communities in Acadiana through our “Mobile Miles” unit. MPCS has also implemented an outreach program which allows the services team to visit with clients in Lafayette parish treatment facilities. We have developed great partnerships with the local cancer treatment facilities and have been truly blessed to develop programs that allow us to extend our mission to locations that are convenient for the families we serve.
We realize that our vision extends far beyond the doors of MPCS. With the help of over 1,200 volunteers annually and the support of our community, we hope to continue our mission. Since its inception, MPCS has helped over 14,000 families. However, the evidence of our success is not in numbers but in the lives that have been changed over the years. By taking control of their individual paths to wellness, our clients are empowered to think of themselves not as cancer patients but as survivors and we are honored to be a part of each and every journey.
To learn more about Miles Perret Cancer Services call or visit them online today at:
337-984-1920 - www.milesperret.org