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 money was raised during the 12th annual Lympho-Maniac 70’s dance gala held this past March, bringing in over $150,000 with all proceeds going towards those facing the battle with cancer.

The Foundation and New Orleans Lymphomaniacs hosted a breakfast reception for the 50 grant recipients in the Esplanade Conference Center at EJGH. Attendees included grant recipients, family members, Oncology staff, Foundation staff and representatives from the New Orleans Lymphomaniacs.

The Lympho-Maniac 70’s Party has grown to be one of the area’s largest parties and fundraisers. Landry is a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor of the EJGH Oncology Program and is the Lympho-Maniac founding member. Landry, who has been in remission since 1996, decided in 2002 to hold a party with the help of friends and family in order to raise awareness and money for local cancer non-profit organizations.

Planning has already begun for the 2018 70’s gala; to find out more on how to get involved, visit EJGH.org.