Life's A Canvas Painting Event Promotes Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Through Art and Education

Baton Rouge, La. – Physicians, community members, survivors and friends joined Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center, WAFB Channel 9, and celebrity speaker, writer and actor Bryan Batt of the Mad Men TV series, on October 23 for Life’s a Canvas – a special event to promote cancer awareness and empower men and women to take charge of their health. Participants painted a canvas with instruction from talented artists with Baton Rouge General’s Arts in Medicine program while also learning from physicians and experts about ways to reduce their risk for cancer.

Drawing nearly 300 attendees, the interactive event is one of the largest free community painting events in the area and also featured honorary guest Paula Pennington de la Bretonne. The event was emceed by WAFB reporter Elizabeth Vowell and promoted the importance of early detection and screenings, and regular visits with your physician. Guests painted a special version of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” – with the tree to emphasize the importance of knowing their family health history and stars to recognize family and friends who have been impacted by cancer. Throughout the event, guests also had the unique opportunity to ask their cancer and health questions to physicians who were seated at their tables.


Pictured (L to R) at Baton Rouge General’s Life’s A Canvas cancer
awareness event: Genevieve Maronge, MD, Medical Oncologist;
Evelyn K. Hayes. MD, Gynecologist; special celebrity guest Bryan Batt
of hit TV series Mad Men; honorary guest Paula Pennington de la Bretonne;
William Russell, MD, Radiation Oncology Medical Director for Baton Rouge
General’s Pennington Cancer Center; Tracee Short, MD, Burn Surgeon
with Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center; Gerald Miletello, MD,
Medical Director of Baton Rouge General’s Regional IL-2 Cancer
Treatment Program.



Guests at Baton Rouge General’s Life’s A Canvas cancer awareness
event painted a special version of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” –
with the tree to emphasize the importance of knowing their family health
history and stars to recognize family and friends who have been touched
by cancer.


Guests at Baton Rouge General’s Life’s A Canvas cancer awareness
event enjoyed painting a canvas while hearing from physicians and
experts on ways to reduce their risk for cancer – pictured at right painting
with a guest Genevieve Maronge, MD, Medical Oncologist.


Baton Rouge General President and CEO Mark F. Slyter speaks at the
Life’s a Canvas cancer awareness event.


Guests at Baton Rouge General’s Life’s A Canvas cancer awareness
event enjoyed painting a canvas while hearing from physicians and
experts on ways to reduce their risk for cancer – pictured center with
guests Tracee Short, MD, Burn Surgeon with Baton Rouge General’s
Regional Burn Center.


Guests at Baton Rouge General’s Life’s A Canvas cancer awareness
event learned about ways to reduce their cancer risk, painted a canvas
and also enjoyed “second lining” to live Jazz music.


Check out Baton Rouge General’s Facebook page for more photos from the event – be sure to share and tag yourself and your friends! Learn more about Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center and its comprehensive cancer treatment services and the Arts in Medicine program at BRGeneral.org.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is Baton Rouge’s first and only full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at@BRGeneral.

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