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Lauren Rausch Poche' and Jenn Rausch are proof that adversity doesn’t create character, it reveals it. How these sisters and their family came together like only family can and how their mother’s legacy lives today. 16 l STAY FIT

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Four extraordinary citizens are honored by the American Cancer Society for their efforts to create a world with more birthdays. Read their can’t-put-down stories.


We couldn’t have gone through this without being a family.” – Lauren Rausch Poche’


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here’s something about a pair of close sisters that strikes a chord with me. As the oldest of three girls I know the bond that only sisters can share and as I sat and listened to our cover girls it struck me that it is these kind of relationships that make the most trying of times bearable. This month, as FACE takes a look especially at cancer, we feature (for the first time ever) two women on the cover. If you know the sisters Rausch you understand why. It is not because they are so terribly alike. It is because the story of their unforgettable mother who they lost to cancer in 2008 can’t be told without both of them. A vibrant mother and wife, Marlene Rausch prepared her daughters in life for her own death and there are incredible lessons we can all learn

“There are no shades of gray or excuse notes when cancer comes calling and it’s most certainly never (ever) fair.”

Come August, you have a chance to do just that (and have a fabulous time) at American Cancer Society’s Black and White Gala. In the spirit of full disclosure I have to admit I’m particularly enthusiastic because I’ll be chairing this year’s soiree. As we’ve been planning, it’s heartbreaking to realize how very many people are impacted by cancer and it’s become clear that cancer is, indeed, black and white. There are no shades of gray or excuse notes when cancer comes calling and it’s most certainly never (ever) fair. What a cancer diagnosis can do, is reveal that which we already are.

from their story about the power of family. It’s a reminder that each time someone hears those fateful words “it’s cancer” there is far more than one life forever changed. In Louisiana alone, 58 people are diagnosed each day with cancer. And just as it takes a village to raise a child, so it takes a family to endure cancer. As I wrote the cover story this month and remembered the words of Lauren and Jenn I was struck with not only how challenging a cancer diagnosis must be for a woman like Marlene Rausch, but the kind of challenges the women (and men and children) of this world face who don’t have a family who can or will give the kind of support they need. It seems we spend a lot of time is spent as individuals striving to dodge cancer, which is a great thing – prevention when possible is the key – but, how often do we take the time to be part of the greater cause? It is with this in mind that we gathered information of the who, what, when and where of volunteering around Acadiana. It’s amazing what a bit of time or money or both can do in the lives of others. Whether you have an hour or a day, there is something for everyone to do to lend a helping hand from working with those who have cancer to devoting time to raising funds for the kind of research to prevent or cure cancer.

Pictured at the cover shoot with Jenn Rausch. Read the inspiring story of loss and the strength of family of Lauren Rausch Poche’ and Jenn Rausch on page 54.

It’s true in the case of the Rausch family who already had a strong bond. It’s true of Spirit of Hope winners Stephanie Bertrand who is battling cancer today and always did have a strong faith and Larry LeBlanc who is devoted to educating men about prostate cancer. As you read the pages of this issue, it is our hope that you see how very many ways you can make a difference in the fight against cancer – if you’re willing. Amanda Bedgood is the editor of FACE Magazine. Send your fashion inspirations, interesting stories and other musings to

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The Transformation Moving is about more than furniture


t’s official! The move has been with a little faith, patience, persistent, and “$change$” in yourself. made and the office of Food guidance that the changes are in honor of Work with what you got and make Therapy has been re-located to becoming your best self. improvements where you can. While I 1200 Camelia Blvd, Suite 202 G, Change can be uncomfortable at times. knew I had to invest a little bit of money to Lafayette, LA 70508 Making a change means you may need to make my office transformation, I also knew Over the past few weeks I have been have some conversations or experiences my limits. Therefore, it was important that I working on transforming my office and that make you learned how to work I must be honest, many life lessons u n c o m f o r t a b l e . with what I had. In were “revealed” to me during this time. For me it was “When it comes to your my case, I worked This month I am sharing the physical uncomfortable to health, you are making an with the furniture transformation that has occurred with my tell some of my had – just investment in yourself. Ia already office space and how this experience relates office mates I was little paint is all to each and every one of us as we embark on moving. It was very Invest some resources to I needed. Would I any type of journey to transform ourselves u n c o m f o r t a b l e loved to buy become your best self. You have to becoming our best self. I especially want (and a little painful) brand new furniture? But to share how this experience relates to our moving the large don’t need to spend a ton of Absolutely. that was not decision to change our eating, nutrition, book case out of money …” going to happen. fitness, and lifestyle habits. I hope you the office and into When it comes to enjoy these “revelations” …and if you are the new one. It was ready to transform your eating, nutrition, uncomfortable to paint with oil based transforming our body it is important to fitness, and lifestyle habits to become your paint! But stepping out of my comfort zone know you cannot change everything. Your best self go to www.foodtherapyonline. and making the move was worth it. Any body is God’s gift to you. There are things com and schedule your appointment. time we make a change we may experience you can improve and transform to bring out the best in you. But, there also comes Change is scary. I will be honest; I was a little bit of being “uncomfortable”… a point in your journey to recognize what but that is where petrified to move. can be transformed and what you need to the true progress Deep down in my “There are things you can accept and work with. lies. When you are soul I knew it was improve and transform to making your lifestyle Change takes time. The office time to move the – transformation took almost a full week. location as well bring out the best in you. transformation as design of my But, there also comes a point there will be times Moving, sanding, priming, painting, when what you are letting the paint dry, painting a second office, but I was doing is going to be coat, letting it dry again, moving again, in your journey to recognize comfortable. This feeling I had is very what can be transformed “uncomfortable” – filing, re-arranging, hanging pictures, and but it is time to “Just adding the final touches. Time is needed similar to the feeling and what you need to accept Do It.” with any transformation. To make a true we have when needing to change and work with.” Change may take our eating and some “$change$”. lifestyle behaviors. Yep, that is right it We are comfortable with our current cost money to make a move. I like to think eating, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle of it as an investment. When it comes to habits and routines. We may know that a your health, you are making an investment change is needed, but it is scary to embark in yourself. Invest some resources to on the journey. The thought of replacing become your best self. You don’t need to favorite comfort foods, beginning a new spend a ton of money - as you will see in exercise program, switching evening habits my next tip to “work with what you got.” and routines can be a little scary and maybe To make the true transformation you are overwhelming at times. But you can do it looking to achieve you need to invest some

transformation you need time. Be patient with yourself. Give yourself the time needed to reach your goals. Recognize that change is a process. Friends and family are invaluable in any life change. There is no way I could have made the office transformation without the help of my best friend who drove up from New Orleans to help paint the furniture. As well as my cousins, aunt, and husband who helped move the furniture. My mother-inlaw who was my decorator and at times

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yvettequantz babysitter. The list can go on. With your decision to make a personal transformation – tell your friends and family. Ask for support and help when needed and remember to return the favor. Seek the help of a professional. I am not a decorator; there is no way I could have made the transformation without the help from a professional. Luckily, my mother-inlaw and sister-in-law are fabulous designers so they were my decorators. I had to ask for help. I had to listen and implement their advice and suggestions. I had to trust the process. The same is true with your health, nutrition, and fitness goals. Seek the advice of a professional – ask for help, listen,

implement and trust the process.

“We are comfortable with our current eating, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle habits and routines. We may know that a change is needed, but it is scary to embark on the journey.” Remember you are on a journey and be grateful for what you have. Always remember this. Through the journey of life

there are times when you will be up and you will be down, the point is to learn from your experiences. Grow stronger through your life experiences. If a diet or fitness program you tried has failed in the past, see this as an opportunity to learn from it. How can you improve yourself and what you are currently doing? Finally, be grateful for the body you have. Be grateful for the gifts in life. Work at transforming yourself to be your best self. Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT, is a Lifestyle and Sports Nutritionist and owner of Food Therapy, LLC. E-mail her at and get more information about Food Therapy at

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Check Yourself 7 Ways to Make Change Last


ow that you’re six months into your New Year’s resolutions, you might find your motivation to eat better, exercise more, drink less caffeine, etc. to be lagging. Making a lifestyle change is difficult, especially when you want to change many behaviors at once. Rather than thinking of a behavior change as a resolution, this time think of it as an evolution — the culmination of little differences over time. Lifestyle changes are a process that take time and require support. Thinking about making a change is one step; the hard part is committing and following through. Here are seven tips to help you make lasting, positive lifestyle and behavior changes:

lose weight, consider as a goal for the week replacing dessert with a healthier option, like fruit. At the end of the week, you’ll feel successful knowing you met

skipping the gym” becomes “Attend a cardio class three times a week.” Framing behaviors in the positive makes them more appealing by emphasizing what you “can” do.

“… let go of the outcome and focus on the process, or the steps that it takes to get to the outcome.”

Involve a buddy. Whether it be a friend, co-worker or family member, someone else on your journey will keep you motivated and accountable. Perhaps it can be someone who will go to the gym with you or someone who is also trying to stop smoking. Talk about what you are doing. Consider joining a support group. Having someone with whom to share your struggles and successes makes the work easier and the overall task less intimidating. However, be careful about the people with whom you choose to share your goals. As Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker, advises: “Share your ‘give up goals’ (giving up smoking, going on a diet) with everyone, but share your ‘go up goals’ (getting a promotion, starting a new company) carefully.”

your “process” goal and are on your way to your “outcome” goal.

Change one behavior at a time. Unhealthy behaviors develop over time, so replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones takes time. Many people run Make a plan that will work for you. into problems when they try to change Your plan is a map that will guide you too much too fast. The same is true when on this journey of change. Be positive, trying to change children’s behaviors: pick and think of your plan as an adventure. one and focus on it; don’t overwhelm When making your roadmap, be specific. yourself or the child. To improve your Want to exercise more? Detail the time of success, focus on one goal or change at a day when you can exercise and how long time. As new healthy behaviors become a Ask for support. Accepting help from you’ll exercise. Write everything down, habit, try to add another goal that works those who care about you and will and ask yourself if you’re confident that toward the overall change you’re striving listen strengthens your resilience and these activities and goals are realistic for for. commitment. If you feel overwhelmed or you. If not, start with smaller steps. Post Reframe “No’s” and “Don’ts” into unable to meet your goals on your own, your plan where you’ll most often see it as “Yes’s” and “Do’s”. Just like children get consider seeking help from a professional, a reminder. tired of hearing whether that is Start small. After you’ve identified “Don’t,” “Stop,” “Be kind to yourself. When a mental health realistic short-term and long-term “Can’t,” and “No,” professional, you eat a cookie or oversleep personal trainer, goals, break down your goals into small, it is more positive manageable steps that are specifically and effective through a workout, don’t give n u t r i t i o n i s t , defined and can be measured. Is your to rephrase the up. Minor missteps on the financial planner, long-term goal to lose 20 pounds within behavior you don’t etc. It is important road to your goals are normal to have “Team the next five months? A good weekly goal want into the would be to lose one pound a week. Even behavior you do and okay.” Mary” or “Team better is to let go of the outcome (weight want. Rather than Jane” behind you. loss) and focus on the process, or the steps say “I will not eat Harness the power of affirmations. that it takes to get to the outcome. If you junk food,” write your goal as “I want to Though often jokingly associated with would like to eat healthier to ultimately eat more fruits and vegetables.” “Stop the old Stuart Smalley skits of Saturday 12 FACE Magazine


amycavanaugh Night Live, affirmations are powerful self- can do it. Just remember that no one is statements about intentions you would like perfect. You will have occasional lapses. Be to manifest in your life, and they help you think about how achieving that intention “Lifestyle changes are a will feel. Keep your affirmations short, in your words, positive, and in the present process that take time and tense. Sample affirmations might be: “I am require support. Thinking healthy,” “I am financially responsible,” “I about making a change is am successful in my work,” I am a good girlfriend--” whether or not any of these one step; the hard part is things are factual at this time. Writing committing and following affirmations brings a tremendous amount through.” of clarity and focus to what you truly want.

oversleep through a workout, don’t give up. Minor missteps on the road to your goals are normal and okay. Resolve to recover and get back on track, forgiving rather than punishing yourself. As a wise friend recently told me, the fact that doing something new is a struggle, doesn’t mean the change isn’t for the best Amy Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with Center for Psychiatric Studies and the infant mental health consultant for the Healthy Start Program of the Family Tree.

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More than Trying

Why it isn’t always the thought that counts


m on a rant this month about one of my pet peeves and success saboteurs. I rate it right up there with shooting yourself in the foot. How many times a day do you hear yourself or others use the phrase, “I’ll try ... to get this project done” or “I’ll try ... to come to the meeting.” I cringe every time I hear it. My clients however, know that saying, “I’ll try” does not fly with me. Here are three thoughts that come up for me when someone says, “I’ll try…” Are you afraid to commit, afraid to say no, or afraid you won’t succeed so you want

“There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or out. There's no such thing as a life in-between.” –Pat Riley to leave a back door open just in case? Well, in my world, “I’ll try” is like saying you’re a ‘little bit’ pregnant. Either you are or you aren’t. There is no grey area in that particular case and no such area exists in real life as well. Saying “I’ll try to get that done for you” is akin to admitting defeat ahead of time. You come off sounding pretty wishy washy and your lack of commitment

to following through on the request is iffy at best. Maybe you will get that job finished … or maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll change your eating habits and not chow down a quart of Ben & Jerry’s every night … or maybe you won’t. See where I’m going with this? And since I’m on a rant I’m going to throw in my other pet peeve. You meet a friend you haven’t seen in a while and you want to get together and you or they say, “We need to get together for lunch sometime”. And then they go about their merry way without finishing the sentence. Give me a break. What’s up with all the vague and gener-






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cookietuminello ic conversation? Why do you even waste your time if you don’t plan on following through? My friends know that if they say let’s get together, I will follow with, “Love to! When?” Responding this way really does cut through the BS of idle chit chat conversations and I get to spend quality time with my friends. Committing to positive change in your life requires decisive action on your part. You can’t dance around your decision and hope that by some divine intervention things are going to miraculously change, because believe me, that’s not going to happen. That would be like looking at a flat tire on your car and hoping that AAA

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shows up before you place a call. By copping out and using the “I’ll try” response, you’re admitting that you aren’t committed to doing the necessary work to be the person you want to be in your life. When you live your life mired in mediocrity, you get mediocre results. Well duh! If that isn’t a recipe for self-sabotage, I don’t know what is! We’re all familiar with the expression, “You don’t get to whine if you don’t do the time” and I can’t think of any better way to put it than that. Either you want to change or you don’t. There’s no grey area here. Which is it?

saying “I’ll try,” I want you to ask yourself these questions: How long am I going to keep settling for less in my life? How long am I going to keep giving away my power? When am I going to tell the truth about what I want in my life? Your power, identity, success, and happiness depend on your answers. Choose carefully!! Cookie Tuminello, Leadership and Team Building Coach, is the founder and CEO of Success Source, LLC. Cookie can be contacted at

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Each year the Go Red for Women movement from the American Heart Association gives Acadiana women the chance to get healthy through a fitness and nutrition program with Personally Fit. Out of dozens, a select group of ladies (ten or so) are measured, weighed and chosen for a 12-week experience meant to change more than the numbers on the scale. And this month a couple of them shared why the Better U program didn’t end after those 12 weeks while the lady who whipped them into shapes gives us the low down on how you can do it too.

critical to success that women not have to change their life entirely. “It’s shifting thinking,” she says. And it’s looking long term.

“When starting with any program, is it something you can see yourself doing in a year?” she says.

For women like Rose Hoffman Cormier and Bonnie Robert Will the answer is ‘yes.’ We caught up with the ladies weeks after the official challenge came to an end. (Better U begins 12 weeks before the American Heart Association’s Go Red luncheon and ends officially around that time.)

“The goal is to help them make an impact in their “I don’t think of it as a diet,” Rose says. “It’s all about lives and others as well,” Personally Fit owner Dawn eating healthy and changing not only what you eat, but Foreman says. how you eat and your lifestyle. I don’t believe in the Biz Card Document Size 3.625 Foreman devised ax 2.125 program aimed at more than diet thing. You hear too many times – first thing is you (Durel wants the 1/16” bleed built in) radical weight lossto make in 12 weeks. She aims Object/Crop Area/Make: pdf that will CROP Artboard size to change lose weight and then gain it all back.” nutrition, fitness and habits – lifestyle – for a change Rose, who lost more than 20 pounds and 13 inches that means long term results. also saw dramatic drops in her blood pressure, And while it’s a lifestyle change, Dawn says it’s


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“So, I’m careful about exercise and I cholesterol and blood sugar. And she’s not destroys the cravings for the bad stuff. continue because the doctor says I can,” going back. “I continue to eat right and I believe it’s Bonnie says. “It’s been an amazing experience,” the changed my life and this is a way I can live winner of the group’s inspirational award the rest of my life. I don’t have to go back The KATC General Sales Manager lost 20 to gaining weight and feeling sluggish,” pounds in more than five months, noting says. that it may not be a quick Rose has joined the gym fix. But, it is lasting. and while she said she

“… I believe it’s changed my life and this is a way I can live the rest of my life. I don’t have to go back to gaining weight and feeling sluggish” – Bonnie Robert Will

recently fell off the wagon at a reunion, she’s not giving up. And that’s the beauty of the program – one slip up doesn’t equal disaster. And Rose says she’s never really hungry. For a snack she reaches for walnuts, apples or yogurt and she’s done with the fast food and fried stuff. She chooses wheat bread instead of white and water instead of soda. She’s learned, in short, how to fuel her body and she feels better than ever.

Bonnie says.

“If you lost a pound a week that’s 52 pound in a year,” Bonnie say noting the importance of results that are long term.

“It truly is a gift,” she says of our bodies. “And we have a choice of how we’re going to treat this one body we’re going to get.”

If ever there were someone with excuses to do so, it is Bonnie who during the 12 weeks Clearly, these ladies are doing right by of Better U found herself in Texas caring for theirs. her ailing father and now has three herniated To learn more about Go Red for Women go to She’s not alone; Bonnie says eating right discs in her back.

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hristie Gass, the owner of Physiques, gives us a great summer move to keep those abs in shape for your two piece. This move on a bosu ball tones internal and external obliques and the shoulders.

Do the figure 8 for one minute and rest. Three sets of one minute and three sets of 20 alternating knees into chest on Bosu Ball


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Hold a weight directly in front of you while balancing on a bosu both and lift right leg and until it touches the weight.

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Lower leg while keeping arms straight out.

Lower leg and turn body to the right and begin the first half of a figure eight in a rowing-like motion.


Lift left leg until it touches the weight.


Complete the rowing motion on the opposite side.

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When Faith House opened their doors in the 80’s to women seeking refuge from violence, it was out of a dire need and within years they outgrew their 28-bed facility leaving women in sleeping bags and on couches. Clearly Acadiana’s women needed more. But, it would be 1998 before a new facility to meet the needs of women and children was complete and during that time a group of dedicated people watched Faith House come further than they could have imagined. Paula Futch was one of those people. And this year Faith House honors a dedicated volunteer and board member who devoted her time and heart to the cause.


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Quick Stats “This year we were looking specifically for women who did work with Faith House,” says the organization’s executive director Billi Lacombe of the search for their Woman of the Year. Paula fit the bill. Each year Faith House honors a woman of the year and often times it’s a woman who has done much for women throughout Acadiana – not necessarily with Faith House. This year, they switched the format and the Woman of the Year was designated to a woman who donated her time and talent to the program. “Someone who lifted us up to a high level, which fit Paula to a tee,” Billi says. Paula, Billi says, provided tremendous leadership to the program and did more than lead. She worked. “She answered the crisis line and worked with women and children in the program. She gave a lot to the women who came here,” Billi says. When Paula first joined the board of Faith House she also became a volunteer, believing that in order to be effective on the board she would need a real feel for what it was like at the shelter. Paula says at first she listened and observed, then worked in the office and

One in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. Women accounted for 85 percent of the victims of intimate partner violence Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner. Studies show that access to shelter services leads to a 60 to 70 percent reduction in incidence and severity of re-assault during the 3 to 12 months’ follow up period compared to women who did not access shelter. The health-related costs of intimate partner violence exceed $5.8 billion each year. Of that amount, nearly $4.1 billion are for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages. Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. In a national survey of American families, 50 percent of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children. Source: Domestic Violence Resource Center

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began taking crisis calls. “It really was an enlightening time for me,” Paula says. After a few stints on the board (there are term limits of sorts) Paula left only to return shortly with a mission to improve the facility. She recruited community members known for fundraising and an engineer, which got the ball rolling. It would be years and the generosity of various leaders before Faith House’s new facility would see the light of day. But, when it did, Paula says simply it was the “greatest achievement.” “They created the vision for the new facility,” Billi says of the group of core people who made the dream of a Faith House able to meet the needs of battered women in Acadiana a reality.

“When they would first come in broken and battered and bruised and trying to heal physically and raise children … I had so much sympathy for them and yet admiration for their courage to get out.”

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And while Paula herself was not from a battered home she is quick to say, “but by the grace of God go I.” “They were so strong,” she says of the women she worked with at Faith House over the years. “When they would first come in broken and battered and bruised and trying to heal physically and raise children … I had so much sympathy for them and yet admiration for their courage to get out.” It’s an admiration that fueled her passion for years and holds a special place in her heart today and will surely be the inspiration as she spends the next year as an ambassador for Faith House focused on garnering more awareness and education in the community about domestic violence. “They came from all walks of life. These women, any of them could be me or you,” she says. To learn more about Faith House and how you can help go to or call 232-8954. To escape domestic violence call the toll free crisis line 24/7 at 1-800-411-1333.

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Booking It In Review Emily Brupbacher brings must-pick reads for teenagers and adults that may be fiction but deal with the very real – cancer – in works that are sure to keep you reading. ©

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For the Grownups

Hard Laughter Anne Lamott (1979) Jennifer is 23 years old and a wannabe writer who’s never been published. She’s always looked up to her father, Wallace, who is an intelligent and respected author. But then Wallace is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that is attacking, most tragically, the language center of his brain. As Jen fears losing the connection she so treasures with her dad, she must come to terms with his illness and prepare herself for the possibility of a future without him. Jen’s loving but eccentric family comes together with humor and tenderness to make it through this most trying of times. Acclaimed author Anne Lamott’s first novel is a semi-autobiographical tale based on her own experiences as a twenty-something yet-to-be-published writer struggling with her father’s illness. Perhaps because of this, Lamott’s book rings especially true. It’s a story full of complex, quirky characters “It’s a story full of coming to terms with something complex, quirky horrific. Throughout the book, Jen grows from a directionless young characters coming girl to a true adult dealing with the fear and uncertainty that comes with to terms with cancer. While the story is sad and something horrific.” at times dark, Lamott gives readers plenty of hope, with a gravely ill Wallace noting, “I still believe that life is supposed to be good, and my life as a cancer patient can be good, lived one day at a time, and at some point it may be determined that I am no longer a cancer patient, and my life will be better for this scare we’re having. We’re all on borrowed time anyway, and it’s good to be reminded." Hard Laughter is both touching and humorous.

For the Young Adults

A Time for Dancing Davida Willis Hurwin Juliana (Jules) and Samantha (Sam) are inseparable best friends with the same dream: have a blast during their senior year and then head off to college and/or big-league dancing careers. Then Jules is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes. While Sam tries to remain a true friend who supports Jules through all her treatments and pain, she also is starting to realize that cancer is beginning to take Jules places where Sam can’t follow. As Jules gets worse, both girls must face the fact that her cancer may not "… as they come to go away. And as they come to accept accept the possibility the possibility of death in their midst, Jules and Sam discover that of death in their the strength of their friendship midst, Jules and cannot be destroyed as long as each girl remembers to celebrate the life Sam discover that they shared together. the strength of their In this gripping book for teenagers, friendship cannot be author Davida Willis Hurwin allows both Jules and Sam to share destroyed." their voices and experiences by alternating narrators with each chapter. This unique method of storytelling allows readers to connect fully with both girls. Teen readers will love this story of two young girls dealing with an impossible struggle that brings them closer even as it threatens to tear them apart forever. JULY 2011

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Spud Revolution Not Your Momma’s Potato Salad

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad Potato salad is a top summer side. Wait until you try this sensational combination of roasted sweet yams, crunchy corn, black beans in a light jalapeno dressing — an explosion of flavors and colors. Makes 12 (1⁄2 cup) servings. 6 cups peeled sweet potato (Louisiana yams) chunks (about 21⁄2 pounds) Salt and pepper to taste 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 ⁄2 cup chopped red bell pepper 1 ⁄2 cup chopped red onion

⁄3 cup frozen corn, thawed ⁄3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed 1 ⁄4 cup chopped cilantro 3 tablespoons lime juice 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon jarred jalapeno slices 2 2

1. Preheat oven 425°F. Coat foil lined baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. 2. On prepared pan, toss together sweet potatoes, salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast about 30 minutes or until potatoes are crisp. Cool. 3. In large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, red onion, corn, black beans and cilantro. 4. In blender, puree lime juice, garlic, jalapeno and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss with potato mixture and serve. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 113, Calories from fat (%) 28, Fat (g) 4, Saturated Fat (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 0, Sodium (mg) 99, Carbohydrate (g) 19, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Sugars (g) 4, Protein (g) 2, Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1⁄2 starch, 1⁄2 fat. From Holly’s new book: Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC® Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age. For more recipes visit: or

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By the end of today, more than 4,100 people in the United States will hear the words, “it’s cancer.” In this country alone it is estimated that more than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer costing more than $263.8 billion. And more importantly costing 569,490 Americans their lives. On the frontlines of this fight are organizations like American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen bringing education and dollars for research that is slashing the mortality rates. And yet, 1,500 people will lose their life to cancer by day’s end. Clearly, much is left to be done. The good news is that fighting the battle doesn’t require a medical degree or loads of spare time, it requires but a dollar here, a volunteer hour there and on the following pages you will learn just how easily this can be done by connecting with local and national organizations in Acadiana full of people devoting their lives to fighting the good fight.

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Pitching In

Each day in Louisiana 58 people learn they have cancer, how you can help one (or two or three or four …) right now This month, we’ve gathered just a few of the many ways you can give back in the fight against cancer. And, yes, there’s something in here for everyone whether you want to give a few hours of your time, write a check or kick it at a fun event. Read on to learn the who, what, when, where and how of giving back around these parts.

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PROGRAM: Komen Acadiana, Education Committee Volunteer

PROGRAM: Komen Acadiana, Events Committee Volunteer.

PROGRAM: Komen Acadiana, Administration Volunteer.

DESCRIPTION: These committee members focus on educating Acadiana on breast health awareness and continuum of care for breast cancer patients. A volunteer will spend time educating the community through health fairs, speaking engagements and fundraisers.

DESCRIPTION: Komen Acadiana has many different fundraisers throughout the year. They are looking for volunteers in the community that like to organize small fundraising events or special events for the affiliate.

DESCRIPTION: Bookkeepers, file clerks, or experienced administrative assistance who have time during working hours to run the office.

REQUIREMENTS: Available during working hours or on weekends.

TRAINING: One hour orientation.

CONTACT: Heather Blanchard, Office: 337-993-5745 TIME: One meeting a month and one health fair a month.

REQUIREMENTS: Attend events committee meeting monthly. TRAINING: None.

CONTACT: Tracy Laurent,developmentdirector@, 337-993-5745,

REQUIREMENTS: Administrative knowledge. TRAINING: One hour orientation.

CONTACT: Heather Blanchard, Office: 337-993-5745 TIME: 2 to 4 hours a week. COMMITMENT: One year.

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PROGRAM: Look Good Feel Better

PROGRAM: Road to Recovery DESCRIPTION:  The Road to Recovery Program assists patients and their caregivers to get to and from their medical appointments and back home again for the lifesaving treatment they need. Volunteer drivers donate their time and vehicles to take patients to treatment appointments and return them to their homes. REQUIREMENTS: Drivers must have a safe and reliable vehicle; a current and valid driver's license from Louisiana; proof of automobile insurance; a good driving record; and attend a brief training session that covers all the bases of this program and volunteer needs. TRAINING:  One training session in Lafayette or Vermilion Parish area (available monthly). TIME/COMMITMENT: Volunteers choose when they can assist.   CONTACT:   1-800-201-2375.

PROGRAM: Relay For Life- 12 different events DESCRIPTION: Help planning for the Relay, committee member, can form a team REQUIREMENTS: Passion for the fight against cancer TRAINING: Committee members only will be provided with a guide book, oneon-one training and online resources. CONTACT: Jason Guilbeau at, visit or call 1800-227-2345 TIME: Relay event is 12 hours COMMITMENT: Committee requires year long commitment for fundraising PROGRAM: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) DESCRIPTION: Lobbying for policies that affect cancer patients. Will receive e-mails for local, state, and national issues and you can call or write to your legislative representative to help lobby for or against that policy. REQUIREMENTS: $10 donation TRAINING: none CONTACT: Jason Guilbeau at or TIME: Once a year for lobby day but attendance is not required COMMITMENT: Flexible

PROGRAM: Corporate Golf Tournament : Fore a Cure- Kinder, LA DESCRIPTION: Competitive Golf Tournament with teams of four REQUIREMENTS: Team of four TRAINING: none CONTACT: Brandon Touchet at or call 1800-2272345. TIME: Thursday - sit down dinner and Friday 9:30a.m. - 1:30p.m. with lunch reception announcing the awards

DESCRIPTION: Look Good…Feel Better is a free workshop that helps women look and feel their best during cancer treatment. At Look Good…Feel Better workshops, experienced beauty professionals teach women beauty techniques for skin and nail care, makeup application, and coping with hair loss which will help minimize the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Good makeup application and a wig or scarf can bring back a woman's former appearance or create an entirely new one, just when it is needed most.

REQUIREMENTS: As a volunteer in Look Good Feel Better, you will be trained and certified in the program, working with your local American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the National Cosmetology Association. You'll become part of a national Look Good Feel Better team that will direct and support your volunteer efforts.

TRAINING: The American Cancer Society offers a free training for licensed cosmetologists.  Once certified, volunteer cosmetologist teams facilitate twohour sessions with small groups of women with cancer. TIME/COMMITMENT:  Minimum of two classes a year.

CONTACT: Patients that would like to attend a Look Good Feel Better session, or a licensed cosmetologist or aesthetician that would like to volunteer, 1-800227-2345 or

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PROGRAM: Games of Acadiana (August 20, 2011)

PROGRAM: Camellia Crossing 5K on Nov. 23

DESCRIPTION: Family fun day with more 60 games and activities. REQUIREMENTS: 16 years or older.

DESCRIPTION: A one mile run/walk or 5k run/walk at River Ranch on Camellia Blvd. with an after party in the square.

TRAINING: Only if you are going to deliver posters or work registration.

REQUIREMENTS: 16 years or older.

CONTACT: Sign up at under the volunteer tab

TRAINING: Only if you are going to deliver posters or work registration.

TIME: Morning shift 9:30-12:45, Afternoon shift 12:30-4:00, or All Day

CONTACT: Sign up at under volunteer tab TIME: 5 - 9:30 p.m.

PROGRAM: Triathlon at Games of Acadiana (August 20)

PROGRAM: Miles Perret Cancer Service

DESCRIPTION: In the morning of Games of Acadiana. A 2-mile Run, 200-yard swim, and 8-mile bike.

DESCRIPTION: Office and program support.

REQUIREMENTS: 16 years or older. TRAINING: none

TRAINING: Volunteer orientation about policy, procedure, and what MPCS is all about.

CONTACT: Sign up at under volunteer tab

CONTACT: Sign up at under volunteer tab.

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REQUIREMENTS: 16 years or older

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Elegantly Simple glam arrives with the first Black and White Gala


The American Cancer Society is promising an event unlike any other as they roll out the red carpet for Lafayette’s newest and chicest soiree. The first ever Black and White Gala is the marriage of the best of both worlds with a look that’s utterly sophisticated and a vibe that’s anything but stuffy. With a simple bow tie as the calling card for the event, organizers are planning a formal gala that is unlike any Acadiana has seen with an attitude that is both formal and fun. While the aesthetics of the night (spearheaded by the ever innovative Kim Veillon and Frank Gerami of Party Central) aim for the posh with the Acadiana Center for the Arts as the backdrop, at the core of the evening is a lot of heart and one simple mission – creating a world with more birthdays. It is that mission that drew honorary chairs Dr. Ammar

“I know what can be done and how we can help through research and they need dollars to do this.” – Gail Savoie

so key. None of this could happen on an individual level. It’s a collaboration of the oncology society.” While Dr. Morad sees patients each day fighting the good fight, Gail easily and regretfully names a host of friends and family battling cancer and some that have lost. For more than 25 years, UL’s first lady and ambassador has seen just how powerfully cancer impacts a family as her father continues to fight prostrate cancer. “He’s a cancer survivor but fighting at 79 and he was diagnosed at 56,” she says. It’s a fight that has more tools as the years go by thanks to the kind of research ACS does, but still there is no cure. “I just know what it is for a family to go through this kind of ordeal,” Gail says. “It’s dear to my heart and I have two good friends fighting cancer right now and another friend who lost a child to cancer.” Her involvement in ACS was a natural fit, after all, she knows the difference progress has made in the lives of those she loves. “I know what can be done and how we can help through research and they need dollars to do this,” Gail says. “I don’t know anybody that’s not affected by cancer

Black and White Gala honorary chair

Morad and Gail Savoie to the gala, both of whom fight cancer in their own way, along with a bevy of committee members devoted to the cause. Dr. Morad, the pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital knows the different ACS is making in the lives of his patients. “American Cancer Society is the largest body in the country that devotes its entire time, skills, experience to finding cures,” Dr. Morad says. “None of the good outcomes that we have today could have come about without the collective effort of the American Cancer Society.” They are outcomes like the cure rate for childhood cancer that is at 85 percent, up from 50 percent just 40 years ago. And while Morad’s personal rate is more like 95 percent, it’s still not 100 and he’s still fighting. “Putting our resources together and working as one group of people we are able to achieve those goals and that’s why involvement with American Cancer Society is

A handful of the gala committee members at event’s venue Acadiana Center for the Arts. Top row from left, co-chair Kim Veillon, Emily Foreman Babineaux, Victoria Flores, middle row Laura Ketteringham, Michael LeBlanc, front row, chair Amanda Bedgood, Jennifer Lemeunier, Debi Nogle and Lindsey James. Not pictured: Ken Ardoin, Mallory Acrey, Brian Blanchard, co-chair Jamie Blanchard , Stephanie Blanchard, Jodie Broussard, Danielle Claiborne, Yvette Davis, Carolyn French, Frank Gerami, Pam Grist, Kristie Lancon, Brandi Rineholt, Rick Rowan, Christy Scott, Kori Standsbury, Melissa Stansbury Taylor, Kim Wooten, Vanessa Vicari.

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Done – that doesn’t have an affect from this awful disease.” Those people include the gala’s auction chair Laura Ketteringham, who is spearheading the event’s can’t-miss selection of goodies from one-of-a-kind art and can’t-miss experiences to decadent jewelry. Laura, too, regretfully rattles off a list of friends and family battling cancer and some who have lost, including a dear aunt who has little time left as she faces a lung cancer diagnosis. “She’s never smoked a day in her life,” Laura says. “I’m so passionate about this. Cancer – there’s nobody around that hasn’t been touched. It’s everywhere.” It is this passion that drives Laura as she pursues the best in Acadiana for the event’s auction, which promises to offer something for everyone. From a standout piece of jewelry from Kiki and can't-miss baubles from Paul’s, Barbara Conner and Adler’s to artwork from local favorites like Lue Svendson, Julie Breaux, Erin Chance Fenstermaker, Clay Judice, A.J. Hebert and Adrian Fulton, there is no shortage Gail Savoie, one of the event’s honorary chairs, is the UL First of luxury. Can’t-miss packages and trips for men Lady and Ambassador who knows the struggles families face are on the auction block for golfers, sports fans when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. (for both LSU and UL) and sportsmen who can enjoy a fishing trip or a one-of-a-kind boar hunt. a cancer survivor, an individual and a member And for the practically minded, homeowners of the medical community for their efforts in packages, 30 days of dining in Acadiana and a bevy the battle against cancer. Head to page 37 to read the stories of the four outstanding winners of locally owned shops are offering their best. who truly embody the Spirit of Hope and go to “There’s something everybody can come out to buy tickets or get and appreciate and help make a difference,” Laura involved. says.

“Putting our resources together and working as one group of people we are able to achieve those goals and that’s why involvement with American Cancer Society is so key.” – Dr. Ammar Morad

In addition to the auction, the Gala will also offer something extra in the way of c u l i n a r y delights with a spread from the area’s finest eateries who are each bringing in a selection of their very best. And at the heart of the event are the Spirit of Hope Awards.

Black and White Gala honorary chair

Dr. Ammar Morad is one of the event’s honorary chairs. The pediatric hemotologist and oncologist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital fights cancer every day.

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August 12, Acadiana Center for the Arts Go to for tickets Just a few of the auction packages on the block:

Date Night with dinner, a night at the Hilton and PASA tickets New Orleans Getaway with a weekend at the Ritz Carlton, Hornets tickets and eats at Huck Finns and EAT New Orleans River Ranch package with a night at Carriage House and a golf cart to shop with gift cards from River Spa, Another Broken Egg, Soho, Bath Haus, Romacelli, Vertigo, Hemline and Crush along with shoes from Shoe La La, a watch from Knotting Hill, a pet carrier from Jolie’s and shades from LA Specs.

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Each year the American Cancer Society honors individuals in Acadiana for their efforts in the fight against cancer with the Spirit of Hope Awards. Acadiana nominates individuals in three categories (survivor, individual and medical professional) for their commitment to and involvement in the mission of the organization – to ultimately eliminate cancer. Prevention, diminishing suffering from cancer, research, education, advocacy and service are the cornerstone of the mission and this month we hear from four extraordinary individuals who are working in incredible ways to further that mission. These four individuals have more than a spirit of hope – they are living proof that individuals have the power to create change.

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Larry LeBlanc Survivor


action and his enthusiasm is infectious to that end. On a subject that causes some men embarrassment, Larry speaks openly and frankly. There’s no room for being shy when In 1981, his father was diagnosed with it comes to saving lives. In fact, Larry says prostate cancer and by 1982 he was gone. he tries not to preach. But, when a person It was with this in mind that Larry began is filled with such passion it’s hard to hold diligent doctor visits each year. Each year back. “I try not to come across like I’m preaching. receiving a clean bill of health. I just want to make men aware they need Then in December of 1998 Larry went in to get themselves checked. I am an example for his annual exam where the doctor found of early detection and surviving,” he says swelling, gave him medicine and instructed pointing to the reality that black men have him to return in a month. After a biopsy, it a greater risk for prostate cancer and should was clear that Larry too was facing prostate be getting checked starting at age 40. cancer and in March of 1999 he underwent Larry LeBlanc isn’t afraid. He isn’t shy. He’s a man. He’s a survivor. And he’s on a mission to ensure fewer men face the diagnosis both he and his father faced.

a radical prostatectomy. After 27 years at Texaco, he took an early retirement and left work for a year.

“I am an example of early detection and surviving.”

But, rather than shy away from a difficult subject, Larry chose to take up the banner of cancer prevention. He got involved in American Cancer Society’s Man to Man program that offers support to men facing “Detection is the key with prostate similar diagnoses. And eventually became a cancer,” he says. “Men don’t want to talk facilitator for the group, now hosting two of about it though.” the largest in the area. He’s hoping the Man to Man groups will “I had a passion for awareness and early help change that by offering men a format detection,” Larry says. “And then I found out that’s comfortable for them. And so, while what American Cancer Society does not only most are looking to slow down, the father for prostate, but for all cancers from early of two who has been married for more than detection to research.” 41 years is just gearing up. He’s back at work Larry soon found himself speaking more – now with the St. Martin Parish Sherriff’s and more about the cause. In the words Department. And he’s relentlessly pursuing a of the person that nominated him “he is world without cancer. the ideal of what a survivor should echo – strength, knowledge, and the power to give back.” It is Larry’s hope that those who haven’t been checked will hear his message and take

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Stephanie Bertrand Survivor


Stephanie Bertrand is young. She has no family history of breast cancer. She, by all accounts, does not fit the image of what most see when they hear breast cancer. And yet, she has been battling cancer for three years. Today it has spread to her liver, lymph nodes, sternum and ribs.

fighting spirit.

Despite rounds of chemo and the physical and emotional toll cancer takes on her, Stephanie is the head of a Relay for Life team and working to raise as much money as she can for the cause and recently completed training to spearhead a support group for “It’s stage four and terminal,” she says young women with breast cancer. Her simply at the home she shares with her motivation to help others is simple though husband of four years, two sons and and makes every effort worthwhile. stepdaughter. “When I look at my kids and the thought “It happens to young women. This is not of mothers having to sit small children down and explain a cancer diagnosis,” Stephanie just your grandmother’s disease,” she says. At 34 years old, Stephanie had pain in says. “It’s important to get the word out and her breast but due to a lack of risk factors talk about early detection and prevention her doctor would wait a year before recommending a mammogram. When he did she was floored to learn she had an aggressive form of breast cancer and it was stage four. She learned a lesson then that she has carried through the last three years of treatment and trials.

“It happens to young women. This is not just your grandmother’s disease.”

“Someone told me ‘we’re all terminal’ and that’s so true,” she says. “Live every day as if it’s our last – to the fullest. I want to be here to raise my kids and see them married off and raising money so we can find a cure.” and go to college.” One friend in particular comes to mind Stephanie is fighting the disease when Stephanie explains her motivation – a relentlessly and fiercely and plans to keep mother fighting breast cancer with a three doing so until she can go no more. And while year old and one year old. she is determined, there are days when it is “I want to finish raising my children. She rough. There are times when it is 11-year-old wants to be sure her children remember Ridge or 7-year-old Zachary who speak words her,” Stephanie says somberly. “God gave me of wisdom and encouragement far beyond an extension.” their years and she must know then that the And she’s not wasting a moment. way she is living this trial is teaching them lessons that are priceless. And it doesn’t go unnoticed that they aren’t the only people who she impacts with her diligent faith and

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Star White takes the battle against cancer seriously. She knows the pain of losing a family member to cancer and it is with this in mind that she is a relentless fundraiser for American Cancer Society spearheading a successful Relay for Life team that has garnered more than $30,000 thus far. At 31 years old, this enthusiastic teacher’s passion is infectious. In the words of one of her team members for the Relay, being around her sparks in others an awareness, interest, and determination to help join in the fight against cancer. For Star, the relay offers her a coping mechanism and a chance to fight the one thing she hates with a passion. “I have had many people in my life affected by cancer and instead of standing by watching it take its course, I wanted to take action and fight back,” she says. And fight she has. She is the team captain for a flourishing Relay for Life Team in Avoyelles Parish and is the reigning Ms. Louisiana Relay for Life Queen. She travels the state representing Relay for Life and makes jewelry with friends that she sells for the sole purpose of raising money for American Cancer Society.

several more drugs over the course of the next few years. These drugs bought us precious time and allowed him to see the birth of his grandchild, attend his children’s graduation ceremonies from high school, college and grad school,” she says. His three to six months became eight years and although he lost the battle to cancer in January of this year, the war is far from over for Star. “I want for no one to know the pain of losing someone they love to this awful disease. I will do whatever it takes to help in the fight back against cancer.”

“I have had many people in my life affected by cancer and instead of standing by watching it take its course, I wanted to take action and fight back.”

And so, this young woman is taking every “It is our hope that these funds help make chance she can to make the world a better cancer a thing of the past,” she says. place. And, she hopes, creating a world with Her devotion is not unwarranted. She says more birthdays. she knows the difference ACS can make in the lives of those fighting cancer. She saw it with her own father who faced an aggressive kidney cancer. When first diagnosed he was given three to six months to live and there were few options for treatment. “Because of the research, patient services and advocacy that ACS does, there were

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Jeannine La France Medical Professional


There are people who show up for work every day, do their job and go home. And then there are the Jeannine LaFrance’s of the world. For this woman, her work is far more than a job and her connection to patients and her hopes for them are beyond the bounds of medicine. She is, in the words of the person who nominated her, “selfless, caring, humble.” For Jeannine, she’s simply taking every chance she has to make better the lives of her patients.

“I always tell my cancer patients that attitude is 50 percent of the battle. A hope to survive and the determination to overcome … that’s what I hope for my patients and for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer,” she says. And she believes there is great cause to hope that one day there will be an end to cancer with a collaborate effort and a focus on prevention.

“Although there have been major advances in screening, diagnosing and treating cancer “I have the opportunity to turn we need to prevent cancer in order to end hopelessness into optimism and to make cancer,” she says pointing to the reality that a difference every day in a cancer patient’s one-third of people diagnosed with cancer life,” says the oncology nurse practitioner and oncology patient navigator at Our Lady of Lourdes. And she’s been doing just that for 20 years. It’s certainly not an easy job and one that a lot of people might not be able to endure. And even less so with the kind of hope and upbeat attitude innate in Jeannine. “When I tell people that I’ve been working with cancer patients for 20 years, their response is often, ‘how can you do that every day?’” But, her reply is simple, “I wouldn’t want to do anything else.” And so in a career that is emotionally challenging for most, Jeannine infuses her hopefulness into her patients whether it’s sitting down and providing education about their diagnosis and treatment plan or giving emotional support on a tough day.

“I have the opportunity to turn hopelessness into optimism and to make a difference every day in a cancer patient’s life.”

last year face cases that were preventable. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 1.5 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and one-third were preventable cases.

“Education is a key component,” Jeannine says. “By educating the community on cancer prevention we can edge closer to putting an end to cancer. I believe it will “I’m there to navigate that patient and happen one day. There is hope.” their family through their journey,” she says. It’s a journey that is different for every patient and throughout that journey Jeannine takes every chance she has to encourage her patients to believe in positive outcomes. JULY 2011

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Aflutter A sweep of diaphanous fabric across the shoulder and simple tie at the waist. From Vertigo, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. 50 FACE Magazine

Long and Lean Summer’s maxi dress is easy elegance for day or night. From Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. JULY 2011

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The Ties that The legacy of an unforgettable woman lives on in her daughters. How the worst of times revealed the best in one family.

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Marlene Rausch truly was the heart of her family. A vivacious woman bursting with life whose daughters never doubted her love. A wife who still had butterflies each day when her husband arrived home. The kind of rare woman who somehow in her life prepared her own children for her death. In her daughters, Lauren Rausch Poche’ and Jenn Rausch, are the evidence of a life well lived and a legacy that will no doubt reach future generations.


When you meet Lauren and Jenn, it’s easy to assume they’ve led a charmed life. With a wicked sense of humor, a contagious laugh and an often irreverent take on the world they aren’t the kind of people you forget easily. But, as in most cases, what lies beneath is not always what’s expected and once you know their story, understand who their mother was not only in her death but in her life, you understand what makes these sisters who they are and how powerfully their mother and her battle with cancer has shaped them.

realized things were, indeed, serious. “When you see your parents worried you know it’s bad.” In the ER, tests were quickly underway to determine the cause of Marlene’s symptoms and an MRI showed swelling and bleeding on her brain. But, a cause remained unknown. They knew simply that without surgery she would die and were told to call her priest. Lauren’s husband, William, began calling family and friends as Marlene’s head was shaved and she was prepared for surgery. For Jenn, it was a surreal thing to experience.

“Is this really happening … Complete shock.” – Jenn

It was a Sunday night in August of 2006 when a vibrant, healthy Marlene “Is this really happening? Rausch headed to the Like a deer in headlights. hospital. The mother of Complete shock,” she says. two was plagued with As Marlene underwent symptoms that sounded surgery and a supportive much like a stroke. She had group of family and friends a headache, couldn’t walk, arrived, they gathered she was dragging one leg. in the waiting room in a It was nearly ten o’clock at circle, joined hands and prayed. night and as Marlene and Moe headed to the hospital the Marlene would survive the surgery and soon the family girls were called. They arrived at the hospital at the same would learn the cause of her mysterious symptoms. time, believing the situation wasn’t terribly serious. “Then the look on dad’s face,” Lauren recalls as they

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The family Rausch came together to care for Marlene in a way only family can. Pictured are dad Moe, daughters Lauren and Jenn and Lauren’s husband William Poche’.

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“She was teaching us to be women – strong, independent women.” – Jenn

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Marlene had brain cancer, stage four and following the surgery remained in a coma for a month. As she lay in the hospital, her daughters were joined by family and friends who ensured Marlene was never alone. They played music and talked to her, bringing pictures and hoping the surgery got the entire tumor. They would later learn the tumor was growing at such a fast rate causing rupturing and giving Marlene extreme headaches, which were at the time believed to be migraines. While Marlene was in the hospital, time nearly stopped as the girls took a vigil at her bedside waiting for her to wake. When Marlene eventually woke she was in and out of consciousness and the family would soon learn that the entire left side of her body was paralyzed and things would never be the same again. Even so, Marlene did not give up. “She was pretty unconscious most of the day. But, she was such a fighter,” Lauren says. “She heard us talking about a feeding tube and she wasn’t having it. She was determined.” “She had to learn everything again,” Jenn says. And as Marlene went to rehab and began to progress the girls went back to work leaving their days as little more than a series of work and hospital. All those friends in life who offer to be there “whenever you need them” were indeed there as they took shifts at Marlene’s bedside.

“It was like she prepared us for this.” – Lauren When it was time for Marlene to leave the hospital, the family insisted she come home. It was a move that seemed only natural to them. But, one they would later learn is rare, as Marlene required constant care. “She was like a different person,” Jenn says. “It was a struggle to see her like that,” Lauren says. “You become the caregiver to your mother.” And yet, with all of the changes that came to Marlene, she still wanted to take care of her family. A task that simply wasn’t possible in her physical condition. A condition that, as the family had feared, worsened. The cancer proved to be aggressive and more tumors formed as microscopic tentacles brought life to new tumors in Marlene’s brain. And so a year after that first diagnosis and a year of ups and downs, knowing the outlook was grim, the family and Marlene’s closest friends planned one last trip to her favorite place – Jackson Hole, Wyoming. JULY 2011

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“It was so special to our family,” Lauren says of the location. Twenty family and friends took part in the trip, knowing it was Marlene’s last. They had a special mass with a priest in Wyoming. And Marlene herself knew this was it. Her quality of life had diminished to such a degree that she decided against treatment and upon their return from Wyoming, things quickly declined. On January 14, 2008 Marlene Rausch died with her daughters by her side. Everyone was there and Lauren remembers holding her hand as she passed. “We literally watched her take her last breath,” Jenn says. “I was glad to be there.” They both had been glad to be there the entire time, in spite of the struggles and realized in their mother’s death, that she had prepared them for this moment. Jenn remembers before the first symptoms arrived, her mother saying “this is the best my life has ever been” and in a strange kind of premonition referred to cancer telling her daughter that she wouldn’t fight it because she had been so content in where she found herself in life. It’s a life that was full of remarkable spiritual depth, according to Jenn and Lauren, who watched Marlene care for years for her own mother. The lessons from which they used to care for her. “That’s how we knew how to take care of her,” Lauren says. And while such an experience surely shapes people, for the Rausch sisters it only proved what they already were – strong, family. “It revealed what we already were. We became closer,” Lauren says sitting next to Jenn on her living room couch. “It was like she prepared us for this.” Throughout the illness and for 30-plus years before it, the girls also took great lessons from the relationship of their parents. “They never abandoned each other. Their faithfulness to each other and God – it grew,” Lauren says. And as her daughters grew, Marlene never failed to instill in them how she felt. “We always knew how much she loved us. She was teaching us to be women – strong, independent women,” Jenn says.

“We always knew how much she loved us.” – Jenn

Mission accomplished. It is such strength that allows Jenn to say simply, she feels happy, in spite of the heartache. “We had a great mom for the time we had her,” Jenn says.

And now, they are living as families should after losing someone so very extraordinary – by honoring that person’s legacy. “Live your life. It’s a gift,” Jenn says.

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BBQ for Hailey

Frank’s Casing Crew & Rental Tools, Inc., the Lafayette-based multiservice tubular company, in conjunction with Anadarko GOM Offshore, held a BBQ benefit for a local girl battling cancer in June, giving her family enough to fund the cost of living for a year. Hailey Meche is a patient at St. Judes who was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in August of 2009. She became ill the day before she started fourth grade and now has approximately 43 weeks left in her treatment. Despite the health battles she and her family face, recently they were met with another when they lost their home in Butte LaRose due to the spillway flooding.

of Diner patrons, donors and volunteers. The modern commercial kitchen and dignified sunlit dining room have allowed St. Joseph Diner to meet the ever increasing need for services; and a large parking lot, lockers and a meeting room for volunteers have allowed for greater collaboration with donors, volunteers and community partners. St. Joseph Diner will continue to serve lunch 364 days a year, providing meals to the hungry of Acadiana. The Diner also provides: daily breakfast and lunch meals to the residents of St. Joseph Shelter for Men and St. Michael Center for Veterans; meals five days a week to the homebound; distributes over 4,000 bread and commodity boxes annually to lowincome seniors; and gives holiday food boxes to families for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.


An Eye for an Eye

Toms, the innovators who donate a pair of shoes every time you buy a cute pair of theirs, wowed supporters with their newest initiative – eyewear. Shoe La La owner Amy Lewis was the only store in the state to take part in the national unveiling of the newest endeavor in June. Selected Toms retailers nationwide were given a mysterious tube, which each were instructed to open at the same moment to reveal Toms new eyewear. (Even store owner’s like Lewis had no idea what might be in the tube.) To the delight of a crowd in the River Ranch store, the newest venture from Toms takes the one-to-one concept up a notch by giving sight to a person in need for every pair of glasses purchased.

Frank’s and Anadarko GOM Offshore spearheaded a BBQ for Acadiana’s Hailey Meche, who is battling cancer at St. Judes. Thanks to the benefit the businesses reached their goal of covering the cost of living for Hailey’s family for one year.

“We would like to thank our employees, Anadarko GOM Offshore and the community for their overwhelming support of this benefit,” says Brent Mosing, Frank’s Head of Marketing. “Through this effort we were able to meet our goal of providing Hailey’s family with cost of living for an entire year.”


St. Joseph Celebration

Lafayette Catholic Service Centers celebrated a milestone in its work of serving the poor of Acadiana with the one-year anniversary of the new St. Joseph Diner. A total of 101,478 meals have been prepared and served at the new location, since the doors opened. The new Diner was constructed in the historic Boustany building on the Centers’ main campus, on the corner of St. John and Simcoe streets. The new 5,000 square foot facility was designed specifically to meet the needs

Amy Lewis of Shoe La La checks out Toms newest one-for-one product during a national unveiling in June. The new sunglasses (for men and women) are available at the River Ranch store. For each pair purchased Toms will give sight to a person in need.


Christmas in July

The Alexandre Mouton House (Lafayette Museum) will display a collection of 18th and 19th century antique punch bowls with the idea that Christmas planning starts early. To add charm and interest, various serving pieces of antique china will also be displayed, as well as a set of donated Limoges porcelain tableware. The exhibit will open July 1, and run the entire month of July. A reception will be held on July 10 at 1:30 p.m. with a short presentation on the theme. The museum is located in downtown Lafayette at 1122 Lafayette Street, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, or to book group tours or private parties, please call 234-2208.

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The Family Tree paid homage to the sweetness of South Louisiana at their cake-centric event – Have Your Cake and Eat It Too recently at City Club in River Ranch. The local nonprofit hosted a culinary delight full of unique cakes from both professionals and amateurs in a competition for best tasting, overall winner and people's choice awards. A cupcake station FACE Magazine 65

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of this region.” As the newest hospital facility in Acadiana, Our Lady of Lourdes ribbon cutting was received with warm applause. Those in attendance were among the first to tour the establishment, learning more about the 21st century design elements and specialized programs at Lourdes hospital. Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center is an acute care facility with over 20 satellite centers and clinics serving as the cornerstone of Lafayette’s medical corridor. Grounded in the Roman Catholic faith, this 200-bed facility offers specialized surgical programs and state of the art imaging. The newly constructed, technologically advanced hospital will open June 25th in Lafayette, Louisiana on Ambassador Caffery. For additional information visit,

While the grownups crafted culinary works of art with cakes of all kinds, kids at The Family Tree’s Have Your Cake and Eat It Too event had the chance to decorate cupcakes.

Sweet Home Acadiana was the event’s theme with bakers and decorators rolling out all manner of local inspiration from wild life to iconic symbols and flags. The Family Tree offers a bevy of services by providing counseling, education, and information services for a tremendous number of people in a myriad of ways. For more information about The Family Tree’s mission to improve the quality of life for individuals and families through education, counseling and information services that are delivered in a professional, accessible, and compassionate manner go to


Lourdes Opens Doors

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, the newest, most advanced medical facility in Lafayette, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new location off of Kaliste Saloom Road at 4801 Ambassador Caffery Parkway. The new medical center was recognized for its innovative design and technological advances. With 369,000 square feet of completed space, 98 percent of the square footage is devoted to patient care operations. Our Lady of Lourdes new hospital is designed to provide a more aesthetically appealing, comfortable and caring experience than ever before.

Lourdes CEO, Bud Barrow, cutting the ribbon at the new Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Photo by Danny Izzo

Congressman Boustany and Mayor Joey Durel attended the ribboncutting event. “I am both grateful and honored to congratulate the board and staff on the opening of the new facility,” said Mayor Durel. “We are fortunate as residents of Lafayette to have access to Lourdes’ care, as are the residents

A delicious replica of the new Our Ladies of Lourdes Regional Medical Center at the June ribbon cutting.


PASA Season Unveiled

William Shakespeare, classical Indian dance, “hot” swing music, and an international Louisiana-born opera star share one thing in common: all are showcased on the 2011-2012 performance season of the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA). Series tickets are on sale to the public now. “This year we’ve made it easier than ever for local performing arts lovers to personalize their entertainment experience.” “Our season and ticket prices were redesigned to help audiences feel more connected to our performances by literally creating their own ‘mini-PASA series’ of dance, music or theater,” says PASA Executive Director, Shanna Higginbotham. Music fans have a variety to choose from including, Midtown Men; Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing featuring Jane Monheit; Soprano Elizabeth Futral; and A Far Cry. Midtown Men kick of the PASA series Thursday, September 29, with the four original actors/singers from Broadway’s mega-hit musical “Jersey Boys.” This talented foursome is reunited for a one-of-a kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 1960s. Tony awardwinners Christian Huff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer bring their unique sound and chemistry to Lafayette, featuring hit songs from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five, The Mamas and The Papas and the Four Seasons. (Note: This presentation of Midtown Men is not a performance of, and not affiliated with the show “Jersey Boys.”) Next up is Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing featuring Jane Monheit on Tuesday, December 13. The Los Angeles Times calls Mark O’Connor, “One of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music today.” O’Connor returns to the Heymann Center stage with an evening of original jazz compositions and new holiday works accompanied by the soulful stylings of vocalist Jane Moneheit. On Friday, January 20, Elizabeth Futral, international opera superstar and Louisiana native performs in a chamber music recital accompanied by members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Hailing from Covington, Louisiana, Futral has soared to stardom as one of the world’ favorite coloratura sopranos having performed with notable opera companies

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including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and at the historic Teater an der Wien for Le Nozze di Figaro.  This performance is a celebration of Louisiana talent with Futral joined by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra pianist Geraldine Hubbell, for a pitch-perfect evening of music and inspiring vocals.

Midtown Men kick of the PASA series Thursday, September 29, with the four original actors/ singers from Broadway’s mega-hit musical “Jersey Boys.” This talented foursome is reunited for a one-of-a kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 1960s.

A Far Cry closes out the music portion of the PASA season Thursday, March 8. This self-conducted string orchestra debuts in Acadiana with 17 of the most talented young musicians in the world of chamber music. The Boston Globe calls them “thrilling, intrepid and brilliant.” This talented ensemble explores the traditional boundaries of classical music, experimenting with the way audiences experience classical chamber music. In the dance category, fans of traditional ballet, contemporary, and classical Indian, will have the opportunity to see three of the world’s top companies during the upcoming PASA season. Complexions Contemporary Ballet launches the dance portion of the series Thursday, October 13. Under the artistic direction of famed former Alvin Ailey dancer/choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions has captivated audiences worldwide with its thought-provoking


Locals Share Their Aha Moments

Stella Theriot does more than hope today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders. The Junior Achievement district director realized years ago in a moment of clarity how important it is to actually give students the tools to be those leaders. It’s a moment she shared on camera recently when Mutual of Omaha’s Aha Moment Tour made a stop in Lafayette as part of their campaign to record and share the untold stories of people in 25 cities nationwide. Stella was one of 60 locals who shared their light bulb moment. "My aha moment occurred when I realized that some of our Junior Achievement students were truly understanding how business works when the students qualified for nationals, that moment made me realize these kids are really getting it and what tools they needed for their future, and how important it was to teach our future leaders,” Stella said. Mutual of Omaha’s air stream trailer came to Lafayette to tell the world about the untold stories from everyday people, their aha moments – a moment of clarity, a defining moment where you gain real wisdom. Parked downtown, the air stream trailer was full with three crew members who were more than enthusiastic to hear the aha moments of the people of Acadiana. With only two days of recording, the air stream trailer was booked with people from every walk of life willing to share their life changing moments – moments that often go unnoticed by most.

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choreography and graceful, athletic dancers. With appearances on the popular reality show “So You Think You Can Dance,” “E! Entertainment’s “Tribute to Style” and “Cirque Du Soleil,” Complexions is a marquee name in the entertainment industry today. The second dance performance of the season is Ballet Memphis on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The Ford Foundation calls them,” a must-see troupe and a national treasure of the cultural world.” This company features classically trained ballet dancers with a non-traditional repertoire that includes the eclectic music of Roy Orbison, Mozart and Philip Glass.  Under the direction of Dorothy Gunther Pugh, Ballet Memphis is known as a classical ballet company with contemporary cool. Rounding out the dance portion of the series is world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble on Tuesday, April 3. Heralded as “The most extraordinary Indian classical dance fest in the contemporary world,” Nrityagram has wowed audiences with its distinctive blend of music, dance and elaborate costuming. “For serious drama fans we are thrilled to welcome back Aquila Theatre to the PASA series,” says Higginbotham. “Although they have appeared on our series in previous years, this is the first time we will present them in the newly renovated Heymann Performing Arts Center. Aquila is a wonderful company that brings a contemporary approach to timeless classics and will present Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” on Thursday, November 10.”   The New York Times calls them “a classically trained, modernly hip troupe.”  Known for their innovative interpretations of classic works, Aquila Theatre has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and The Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza, to the White House and the Ancient Stadium at Delphi. They are the professional company in residence at the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University and a NYC Board of Education vendor for Arts Education Services. In addition to its main stage performances, PASA will continue to offer master classes, residency and outreach activities, workshops, and daytime performances for school groups throughout the season. PASA Student Performances this season include Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Aquila Theatre and A Far Cry. For more information about daytime performances for students, call the PASA office at 337 237-2787. Series order forms are available online only at and, must be downloaded and faxed, mailed or hand-delivered to the Heymann Performing Arts Center box office. For more information about the 20112012 PASA season visit www. or call (337) 237-2787

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“Telling people about my aha moment is exciting to have a moment that not a lot of people have heard or even know about,” Stella said. Mutual of Omaha’s main objective is to tell the inspiring stories of everyday people, that nobody would normally hear. Every recorded aha moment will be posted on their website, while only a few will be chosen for a national commercial. The idea of the aha moment tour came naturally. (The word “aha,” is actually at the end of Omaha). While on location, the crew takes the chance to experience the 25 towns by walking the streets and in Lafayette they were amazed at how truly unique we are (not that we didn’t know that). They were inspired by our culture, especially the Creole and Cajun elements of South Louisiana and by our generous hospitality. They were also shocked by how many businesses and non-profit organizations such a “small town” had. All of this work is more than rewarding to the crew, especially the tour manager who had her own aha moment on the road. “My own aha moment is hearing everyone else’s aha moments, I am so amazed that people come in and share their most meaningful part of their life, their aha moments inspire me, ” Henry said. Check out the aha moments from Lafayette at including one from FACE editor Amanda Bedgood. FACE Magazine 67

showyourface KREWE OF VICTORIA TEA May 15 – Home of Jeannie Rush The lovely ladies of the Krewe of Victoria enjoyed the group’s Spring Tea at the home of Jeannie Rush. Many donned delightful spring hats as they enjoyed delectable eats and even better company.

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May 24 – Petroleum Club The Petroleum Club was the background for an event to promote the new Fly Lafayette Program where those in attendance learned about the latest developments at the airport, enjoyed some eats and took a chance on a bevy of door prizes.


June 20 – Walk On's

The United Way kicked off their annual Day of Action campaign with a gathering at the newly opened and wildly popular Walk On’s. The following day more than 600 volunteers in the area converged to make a difference in the lives of people throughout Acadiana.

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showyourface BOIL & OIL May 18 – Burdin Riehl Parking Garage Party goers took their shindig to the roof for the Oil Center’s Boil and Oil crawfish boil. Party goers enjoyed a rooftop block party with delectable crawfish and all the fixins.

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Friday, August 12, 2011 | 7:00 p.m. Acadiana Center for the Arts Individual: $100 | Couple: $150 Honorary Chairs Ammar Morad, M.D., Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Gail Savoie, First Lady and Ambassador, University of Louisiana

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