MEET OUR 2016 MODELS
Billie Jo Aucoin
Ms. Billie Jo Aucoin enjoys playing with her dog, Tessie, dancing and oddly enough enjoys Monday’s! Billie Jo is a mother of two daughters and one son, has three grandchildren and is a lung cancer survivor. “My best experience of my treatment was meeting the amazing staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC , they were incredibly helpful and considerate to both myself and my family,” said Billie Jo.
When colon cancer survivor, Ms. Sherry Blanchard, isn’t camping or traveling you will find her spending time with her grandchildren – Lexi, Dereck and Trenton. Through her treatment she was overwhelmed with the love and support of her family, friends and co-workers. She hopes that all cancer patients stay positive through their treatment and learn to lean on others to get you through their journey!
Joycelyn 'Joy' Callais
Ms. Joycelyn ‘Joy’ Callais is a true Cajun woman who loves to cook for large groups of people but also enjoys eating out and rating restaurants on their delicious specialty dishes. Joy is a lymphoma cancer survivor, worked as a teacher, accountant, and computer manager and training coordinator. Joy says that her experience at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC was tremendous, the staff and doctors were quick in treating her and after just 6 treatments the cancer was gone. She wants to tell all cancer patients to keep smiling and always laugh in your heart.
Breast cancer never stopped Mrs. Lisa Chapman from smiling. Lisa loves life, finds the good in everything and her biggest accomplishment is being a wife and mother. Through her treatment, Lisa says she learned to count all of her blessings and look at life as a true Gift. She says tomorrow is not promised so live life each day to the fullest. Her advice to other patients is to give it to God and keep a positive attitude with a smile on your face.
Mrs. Joan Colwart is a breast cancer survivor, mother of 2, grandmother of 4 and great grandmother of 4. In her spare time she enjoys offering her service to those in need and her specialty is helping seniors. She says that the smile and tender loving care she received at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC was astonishing. Her advice is to be treated at Mary Bird Perkins at TGMC, you will be extremely satisfied with the care where you are a loved as a person and not a number.
Mr. Eric Crochet, or ‘Pop’ as his granddaughter calls him, is a colorectal cancer survivor who restores cars and houses, enjoys cooking and most importantly spending time with family and friends. Eric is excited to celebrate 35 amazing years of marriage this year with his beautiful wife. The best day for Eric was the day the staff told him he was CANCER FREE! You will always see Eric with a smile on his face and enjoying life as a true survivor!
Mr. Michael Foster is a true family man, married for 25 years with four children and three great grandchildren. After having severe back pain, Michael was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cystosis. Despite his diagnosis, Michael says he has full faith that he is ‘being treated by the most gifted and caring doctors and nurses in the world.’ Now Michael enjoys reading and watching sports while bring with his wonderful family surrounded in love.
Ms. Becky Gueniot not only is a thyroid cancer survivor but also an inflammatory breast cancer survivor. She has two sons who she enjoys watching play baseball. Becky has worked in banking for 24 years and says one interesting fact about her is that she is blind in her right eye. Her advice for other patients is to be sure to ask a lot of questions, do your research but most of all lean on your family and friends. Stay strong and trust in God, he has you in good hands!
Within a five month period, Bernita Guidry, was diagnosed with cancer of the breast, pancrease, and kidney and adrenal gland. This wife, mother and grandmother is here today thanks to surgery, radiation, and our Lord. Bernita says Dr. Long, Dr. Gamble, and the radiation staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC were the nicest people and so helpful. Her advice to other cancer patients is keep a positive outlook and prayer. Ask everyone to help you pray because when you are sick, you cannot always pray for yourself.
Mrs. Angela Guidry is a wife, mother, grandmother and pancreatic cancer survivor. Angela thought her life was over when she was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer and had a difficult time getting use to the “c” word. After undergoing surgery, chemo, and radiation, Angela’s advice to cancer patients is that you will need lots of prayers and faith and to never give up! Angela made a lot of friends at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC and she enjoyed talking to patients and sharing each other’s cancer stories.
Mr. Warren Harding, Sr. is a husband, father, grandfather and prostate cancer survivor. Warren enjoys fishing, cooking, carpentry, lawn care and washing his car. His best experience at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC was becoming cancer free and the staff made him feel like he was the only patient. Warren’s advice for other patients is believe that Gods in control, keep your spirits high, talk to others and share information, above all believe and do what your medical staff require of you for your healing.
Ms. Laura Harris is a breast cancer survivor, mother of 5 boys, and has 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She owned and operated the small world day care center for 30 years and was the recipient of the NAACP small business of the year award. She enjoys cooking, reading and cutting a rug (dancing). When asked about her experience through cancer she said the staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC were extremely supportive thorough treatment and personally, especially after the death of one of her sons in 2015. She hopes that all cancer patients take an active role in their treatment and share their feelings with staff, family and friends who will help get you through the difficult time.
When Mrs. Jean Lake was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, she knew she had a tough road ahead of her. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, Jean feels blessed to have the support of her family, friends, doctors, and nurses through her treatment. Her advice for other cancer patients is to have a positive attitude, never lose hope and stay strong. Jeans says thanks to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC she is who she is today, a true warrior against cancer.
Mrs. Tina LeBlanc is a loving wife, mother, grandmother and breast cancer survivor. She believes it’s important to play an active role in knowing your body and listening to other patients who help you learn along the way. She enjoys cooking for Cajun Meat Market a
nd says her husband was her rock through her journey and wants to take the fight forward. She says she will always remember the smiling faces of each nurse and celebrating her last day of treatment by blowing bubbles with the staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC.
Ms. Alaina Maiorana was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the young age of 15 years old by her uncle, Donald Schwab, M.D. Friend, athlete, hunter, and fisherman—these are just a few words to describe Alaina. During her treatment, Alaina was able to continue in school and travel with the Vandebilt Soccer team to state, where they won. And, just one month into her treatment, Alaina went to Vandebilt’s homecoming dance—her very first date! Cancer never slowed Alaina down, and she always had a smile on her face. Alaina’s advice to other patients is to trust in God’s plan. She also believes that staying close to home is important because the support of family, friends, and the staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC makes a huge difference in your attitude towards your FIGHT! Like the bracelet that Alaina and all of her family and friends wore throughout her treatment says, “NO FEAR, NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE.”
Mrs. Vivian Marie is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and lymphoma survivor. Vivian’s hobbies include listening to music, shopping at thrift stores, sewing and walking her dogs. Her sister Wendy has been her rock through her cancer journey and the staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC treated her like family and offered support and information. Her advice for other cancer patients is to trust the people at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC and they will get you through it!
Mrs. Lenda Matthews is a colon cancer survivor, has 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She enjoys singing in her church choir, spending time with family and is a diehard Saints fan. After receiving radiation, chemo and surgery Mrs. Lenda is a true survivor with a strong faith in her doctors, care team, family and most importantly GOD!
Breast cancer survivor, Mrs. Evelyn McElroy, did not let her diagnosis stop her from doing what she loves. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother and loves traveling. Evelyn even went white water rafting after her 3rd chemo treatment. Her advice to other cancer patients is to eat right, keep a positive attitude, and don’t do something because you have cancer, think of how you can do it even though you have cancer. God can get you through this.
Eric Pellegrin is a charter captain, outdoorsman, father of two children and a dog as well as a phlebotomy patient at Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center. When first asked to join Ladies Night Out, he proclaimed that he was waiting for his modeling career to begin! Eric and his wife spend their time focused on their family including their beautiful daughter and their two year old boy who was born with spina bifida. His advice to other patients is to never give up, because your strongest weapon is your will power.
A self-proclaimed Jiffy Peanut Butter addict, Ms. Dana Robin is a mother, has a wonderful sense of humor and most importantly a colon cancer survivor. When asked to share an interesting fact about herself she explained that she loves Marilyn Monroe and has OCD personality – Obsessive Chocolate Disorder. During her journey, Dana says she enjoyed spending time with the amazing staff especially the chemo nurses and Dr. Gamble. She hopes all patients stay strong, take full advantage of their support system and always FIGHT,FIGHT, FIGHT!
Mr. Mark Stevenson is a husband, father of two, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. He enjoys playing with his kids, teaching, learning and loving. He is a fireman with the Houma Fire Department and the voice of the South Terrebonne Gator Football Team. Mark is a self-described hugger and he says he enjoyed meeting all the people at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC and becoming friends with them before and after treatment. His advice to other cancer patients is to stay positive because anything is possible!
Mr. Michael ‘Mike’ Toups, says that making the decision to receive treatment at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC after his cancer recurrence, was a decision that forever changed his life. Mike is two time Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor, the Director of Public Works for Terrebonne Parish, is married, has three grown children and three beautiful grandchildren. He says that while receiving treatment at the Cancer Center he felt like he was part of a big family, he was able to continue to work and live a great life. Mike hopes that all patients take an active role in their health, stay positive and trust in their doctors.
A very special thank you to the 2015 Models who participated in our inaugural cancer survivor fashion show. Your stories have forever changed our lives and we wish you nothing but the very best through life. We would also like to remember two patients who participated as a 2015 Ladies Night Out who lost their battle to cancer; in loving memory of Ms. Cheryl LeBoeuf and Mrs. Nancy Robicheaux.
Thank you to our
Trussell and Associates
Aldridge & Valure CPA