The Cancer Crusaders group will honor cancer survivors who are active in the community during its Celebration of Life luncheon at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street.
Ticket prices for the event are from $75 to $100 per person. Reservations can be made at www.501auctions.com/cancercrusaders through Oct. 16.
Debbie Buchler and Dawn Miller are organizing the event, and Richard Buchsbaum will be master of ceremonies. The event will feature performances by the Magazine Street Jazz Band, the Fleur de Lis Quartet and Clay Thrash.
Cancer Crusaders a local, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization established in 1976 to raise money for cancer research in the New Orleans area. All proceeds are divided equally between LSU Health Service Center and Tulane Cancer Center. To date, Cancer Crusaders has donated more than $3.5 million to LSU and Tulane for cancer research.
The 2015 Cancer Crusaders honorees are:
Samantha B. Arnold is a pharmacist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where she works with the labor and delivery, postpartum, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care and pediatric oncology departments. In October, she will be three years cancer-free.
Lynn Creel is an audiologist in private practice in Metairie and Covington. She also oversees the newborn hearing screening programs for East Jefferson General Hospital. She is an active member of the Jefferson and St. Tammany chambers of commerce.
Heidi Dugan is a volunteer for The Haven, which provides for survivors of domestic abuse, and a member of the Junior Auxiliary of Houma, Cancer Crusaders, the New Orleans Garden District Association, Human Rights First, Magnolia School, Bravo and the Louisiana SPCA.
Holley Haag is a senior vice president and commercial lender at First NBC Bank. She is a board member of Friends for Jefferson Beautification and the Daughters of Charity Services Foundation of New Orleans, and a member of the Junior League of New Orleans and the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
Yvonne Jackson is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and chairwoman of the Lectors Ministry, serves on the Parish Council of Ministries, volunteers in the Parish School of Religion and is a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary.
Suzanne Lindley is co-founder and president of YES. She has created easier medical navigation for advanced cancer patients, coordinates and ensures access to the benefits of medical research and assists in the communication between treatment teams and patients.
Diana Noveck was part of a team that created YATS, Young Adults Taking a Stand against cancer, creating awareness, offering resources and financially assisting young adults affected by cancer. She is an educator, managing the Counseling and Career Development Center at Loyola University.
Jo Ann Paulin is a member of St. Elizabeth’s Guild and Raintree Children and Family Services. She sings with the choir at St. Edward the Confessor Church and entertains at retirement homes. She is a member of the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization.
Linda Phillips, of Slidell, is an administrator at Ochsner Medical Center on the North Shore. She participates in local charity fundraising events such as Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Hospice Foundation, United Way and the American Heart Association.
Janice Watsky has worked for more than 30 years raising money for patient services and research for multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease. She has facilitated support groups, presented educational seminars and coordinated clinics.
Elizabeth Williams is an associate professor at the LSU Health Sciences Center in the School of Allied Health, department of clinical laboratory sciences. She is a member of the Immunohematology Exam Committee for the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and is on the board of the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans.