Gail Wall is the real-life equivalent of Wonder Woman. A wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who, during her lifetime, has served as a business professional, retiree, dedicated community servant following 9/11, board member several times over, and president of one historic society. She’s rubbed elbows with government officials and fought tooth-and-nail to stave off the degradation of one of the nation’s oldest neighborhoods. She’s a world-class traveler on Monday, tenacious executive on Tuesday, steadfast historian on Wednesday, and a loving matriarch every other day of the week.

One afternoon in April of 2016, the native New Orleanian was walking Buster, one of her three rescue dogs who was notorious for heeding a good distraction, down Lakeshore Drive. As they were in mid-stroll, a stiff gust of wind dislodged a nearby orange construction fence, sending the startled dog one way and Gail tumbling the other.

East Jefferson General Hospital, in partnership with the New Orleans Lympho-Maniac Cancer Fund and their founder, Chad Landry, presented 50 EJGH oncology patients with $1,000 grants on Friday morning, bringing much-needed assistance to those in need during their cancer treatments.

The “H. Ryan Aucoin Memorial Cancer Grants,” named in honor of long-time Lympho-Maniac supporter Ryan Aucoin, who recently battled and lost his life to Lymphoma T-Cell, are dedicated to lower income families in the Greater New Orleans area who have someone currently being treated for cancer.

The Foundation of East Jefferson General Hospital has awarded its 2017 INSPIRE Grants. These grants, dedicated to impacting and improving patient care, are requested by departments throughout the hospital. This year, nearly 70 requests were submitted for a sum of $300,000 that will go directly back to our patients.

“Each year, this is always the most rewarding cause The Foundation takes up,” said Valerie Englade, Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications. “To take donations from our community and, through this grants program, allow those donations to directly impact patient care on a daily basis, it ties us even more closely to the very public we serve.”

After a lengthy vetting process, The Foundation is distributing these funds in total to the departments and causes listed below. Congratulations to each winner and thank you to The Foundation for this incredible patient-centered program.

The 15th Annual Golf Classic presented by Coca-Cola, helped bring in over $60,000 to benefit the EJGH Foundation, the fundraising arm of East Jefferson General Hospital. The 2017 steering committee efforts were led by event co-chairs, Dr. Trey Sands and Dr. David St. Germain, Jr.

The Annual Golf Classic hosted over 100 golfers and sponsors with local fair served by Galatoire's Restaurant, Marcello's of Metairie and Legacy Kitchen.

The evening concluded with an awards reception and recognition of the event’s top sponsors by EJGH Interim CEO, Dr. Raymond DeCorte.

The Annual “Hope Floats,” a benefit in memory of John J. Lee, Sr., raised $24,000 to support cancer care at East Jefferson General Hospital. The fundraising event hosted over 250 guests at the Krewe of Thoth Den and featured live music by New Orleans Arrhythmia, a silent auction and a $1,000 raffle prize sponsored by Delta World Tires.

John J. Lee, Sr. passed away in 1986 at the age of 58 from colon cancer. Before his passing, he initiated the John J. Lee, Sr. Benefit to raise funds for cancer research and treatment at East Jefferson General Hospital. Now in its 31st year, the grandchildren of John Lee, Sr. host the event to carry on the legacy of their grandfather.