When Miles was diagnosed in 1995, his family determined right away that Miles would have as normal and carefree a life as possible. Their journey with him provided firsthand experience of the daily challenges of fighting cancer. In 1996, Miles succumbed to a brain tumor (gliioblastoma). A few years later, the Perret family started GAMES OF ACADIANA, a family oriented fundraising event, first held August 25, 2001. The amazing success of the first GAMES enabled the Miles Perret Center to open less than a year later.
The Miles Perret Center has grown over the past decade to become Miles Perret Cancer Services (MPCS), a comprehensive resource center helping those in Acadiana fight, survive, and live with cancer. Since opening June 27, 2002, MPCS has helped over 8,000 families in Acadiana.
GAMES OF ACADIANA is still the principle source of funding for Miles Perret Cancer Services though MPCS hosts other small events throughout the year. Additionally, MPCS accepts private donations, memorial gifts, and grants.
Deciding to act ... Our Mission
The mission of Miles Perret Cancer Services is to help families fight, survive, and live with cancer. Our mission is founded on the principle that life is sacred, and quality of life should not be forgotten or neglected, particularly when battling cancer. Many cancer patients and their families need the organized and deliberate support of a cancer services center invested in their welfare and healing. They need Miles Perret Cancer Services.
Recalling the journey ... Our Timeline
1st Games of Acadiana
Miles Perret Center opens
Spa Night started
Children's Program begins - becomes Smiles for Miles
Giving Tree Program spreads Christmas
2000 wigs and hats provided
5000 families served
Mobile Miles hits the road - Name changes to Miles Perret Cancer Services
Wellness Center opens
Children's Area opens
Miles of Hope & Flags of Hope donation programs begin
10th Anniversary of Games of Acadiana - Honored volunteers
Shared Christmas with 192 children affected by cancer
Record participation in Camellia Crossing with over 1900 participants
Shared Christmas with nearly 300 children affected by cancer
12th Anniversary of Games of Acadiana. Honored Caregivers