Miles Perret Cancer Services is a comprehensive resource center dedicated to helping those in southwest Louisiana who are fighting cancer. The Center offers a number of services to those recently diagnosed and seeking treatment. The Center also provides programs to promote survivorship and provides emotional guidance for care givers. Since opening its doors on June 27, 2002, nearly 3,700 families have been helped.
The Center's services are made available at no charge as a result of the generosity of those sponsoring and participating in the annual Games of Acadiana, events that feature a variety of family-oriented games.
The initial Games, held August 25, 2001, were the vision of friends of 8 year old Miles Perret, who succumbed to a brain tumor (glioblastoma) in 1996. Realizing the local needs of cancer patients and their families, Miles' friends developed the Games of Acadiana fundraiser, whose amazing success enabled Miles Perret Cancer Services to open less than a year after the Inaugural event.
The Games of Acadiana is the Center's principal source of funding. Additionally, the Center accepts private donations, memorial gifts, grants, and hosts smaller fundraising events throughout the year. Each August, the Games of Acadiana features an entire day of games, music and fun for all ages.
Neither the Center nor Games of Acadiana had a Web site. Both entities had achieved prominence in the region and sites were badly needed. They came to Bizzuka two years ago requesting sites for the Center and the Games.
Responding to the need, a local company, Dynamic Industries LLC, partnered with Bizzuka and made a donation to fund a Web site for the Center. Bizzuka donated the site for the Games. More recently, Bizzuka donated a facelift of the Center's Web site, greatly improving both the site's design and usability.
The sites have become another way for the Center to extend services to the 12 parishes it serves. The organization placed a list of all their services on the site, as well as ways to volunteer. Additionally, both sites allow donations to be taken online, which provides another channel for fundraising.
Each month the sites are updated with new events, something Bizzuka's Web content management system easily facilitates. The platform is simple enough to use that non-technical staff and volunteers alike can maintain the site on their own.
*Bizzuka is pleased to be a sponsor of the Games of Acadiana and Miles Perret Cancer Services.
"Cancer is an arduous journey. We don't want the site to be overwhelming, but instead a resource for those that need us. Bizzuka has given us a site that captures emotion, yet maintains a professional appearance. Not only that, it's obvious the staff at Bizzuka has compassion for those fighting and surviving cancer."