Oct 16, 2013 09:22 Gonzales mayor joins in fight against cancer Gonzales mayor joins in fight against cancer Advocate staff report Oct. 16, 2013 Comments Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux has proclaimed October as Geaux Pink Month in Gonzales. Arceneaux is challenging residents to raise money for breast cancer programs at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “I call on all citizens of the Gonzales area to help in promoting this and all causes that will one day help to eradicate the challenge of cancer,” Arceneaux said. Geaux Pink is a signature awareness and fundraising program of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. It encourages residents, schools, businesses and sports teams to join the fight against cancer by hosting Geaux Pink events throughout the year, with special emphasis during the month of October — National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Louisiana’s breast cancer death rates are among the highest in the nation. “One hundred percent of the funds generated through Geaux Pink go directly back into the communities raising the funds to support cancer awareness, early detection and screening programs,” said Randy Haddad, development director, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Last year, more than 100 people were reached through Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s six free cancer screenings in Ascension Parish, including breast cancer screenings. To sign up for Geaux Pink or for more information, call (225) 215-1208 or visit marybird.org/geauxpink.