NRMC Gala All Star: Verline ‘MawMaw’ Spillman Parker

The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s announced one of its All Stars for its upcoming Gala on May 20: Verline Spillman Parker. To all those who adore her, she’s “MawMaw.” She is an iconic fixture at sporting events everywhere for all ages of boys and girls. Her motto is “I am going to live until I die” and dares anyone to try to slow her down!

After overcoming a battle with thyroid cancer over 20 years ago, this feisty, 81-year-old teenager was devastated and scared when she was told “there’s a spot on your lungs.” In March of 2022, Dr. Chris Ingram identified a concern and within two months chemotherapy and radiation began for stage three squamous non-small cell lung cancer.
She would have treatments every day for six weeks which meant daily road trips to Shreveport. The requests to take a turn in being her chauffeur became overwhelming, so her daughter created an electronic sign-up entitled “Driving Miss Daisy (aka Verline) Kicking Cancer to the Curb.”

To donate in Verline’s name, read more about her journey, or learn more about the NRMC Foundation Gala: