The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation hosted over 400 members of the community
during its 35th Annual Gala. Themed “Let’s Play Ball,” guests dressed in baseball attire, and the Gala took
on a competitive feel with guests and tables competing in baseball themed games.
During the fundraising gala, attendees celebrated the 10 Gala All Stars who are currently in treatment or
remission from cancer. “No one expects to hear the words ‘you have cancer,” explained Jen Yankee,
NRMC All Star. “I couldn’t choose not to get cancer. Fighting wasn’t an option. But I could choose where
to fight. For me, it was important to be here in Natchitoches.” The Foundation would like to thank our
All Stars – Billy Weeks, Eliza Behrendsen, Jen Yankee, Leann Boyd, Matthew Pagels, Carla Walker, Chari
Addison, Lynn Lacaze, Verline Parker and Harry Babers, for actively participating in our Gala and sharing
their cancer stories.
“I am so grateful for our faithful donors and sponsors and especially to be surrounded by a community
that supports the NRMC Foundation and our patients at NRMC,” said Halie Errington, NRMC Foundation
Development Director. “Together with their support we are able to continue to advance healthcare in
Tom Matuschka, NRMC Vice President of Business Development & Philanthropy added, “The work of
the NRMC Foundation is critical to our strategic growth as a health system. From conducting community
health needs assessments to raising significant funding for best-in-class technology, the foundation
allows donors to partner with NRMC in saving lives.”
The NRMC Foundation is currently raising funds for their Cancer Care Initiative that includes a state-ofthe-art PET Scanner. Having this lifesaving technology here in Natchitoches will help our doctors detect
and diagnose cancer earlier in our patients. If you would like to support this important campaign, please
visit Make a Gift – NRMC Foundation.