Baton Rouge General Hosts Life's a Canvas - Free Cancer Awareness Event

Baton Rouge, La. – Join Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center, physicians, survivors, friends and special celebrity guest Bryan Batt of hit TV series Mad Men, on Thursday, October 23 for Life’s a Canvas – an interactive cancer awareness event that promotes early detection, celebrates life and brings out the inner artist in you! Participants will paint a canvas with instruction from talented artists with Baton Rouge General’s Arts in Medicine program and learn more about ways to arm themselves against cancer from physicians and experts. Celebrity speaker, actor and writer Bryan Batt will share his family’s inspiring cancer story. This event will be emceed by WAFB Channel 9 Reporter Elizabeth Vowell, and honorary guest Paula de la Bretonne will be in attendance.

“I am passionate about sharing my mother’s cancer story to empower others with knowledge to help reduce their cancer risks,” said Batt. “I look forward to being a part of this unique cancer awareness event and sharing my family’s experience.”

“Screenings and early detection are your best defenses against cancer,” said Dr. William Russell, Radiation Oncology Medical Director for Baton Rouge General. “Knowing your family history, seeing your doctor regularly and talking with them about your medical history are the keys to reducing your risk.”

Attendees will also enjoy live music, door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and receive information on cancer resources in our community. This evening event will be held at Baton Rouge General’s Bluebonnet campus. You must be 21 years or older to attend and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit here.

Guests at Baton Rouge General’s 2013 Life’s A Canvas cancer awareness event.

Mad Men star, Celebrated Author and Actor of Stage and Screen, Bryan Batt

Learn more about Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center and its comprehensive cancer treatment services and the Arts in Medicine program at

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, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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