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Cancer survivor Petronilla Neal decorates her mask during the first healing arts program event at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales.

Cancer survivors in Ascension Parish now have access to free survivorship services through Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales.

The Gonzales Area Foundation is providing support to make the THRIVE survivorship program available to parish residents undergoing treatment or who have completed treatment at any regional cancer center.

The research-based therapies combined with traditional cancer care can help manage emotional, physical, social and spiritual challenges that many cancer patients experience, according to a news release. The services also are offered to caregivers.

“Survivorship services are a key element of comprehensive cancer care and each person contributing to the foundation helps make it possible for Ascension Parish residents to have access to these vital services for survivors and their loved ones,” said DeEtte DeArmond, a founding member of the Gonzales Area Foundation.

The THRIVE program offers mind-body support groups, art workshops, walking groups, therapeutic massages, health and wellness counseling and other services. Participants have the choice of working with the survivorship coordinator during in-person, one-on-one sessions and by phone.

“Mind-body medicine that focuses on how our thoughts and feelings affect our healing” and can help in the long-term health restorative process, said Rachel Mumphrey, survivorship coordinator for Mary Bird Perkins.

To learn more about the THRIVE program, visit or call (225) 644-1205.