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Aug 20, 2011 1:40 PM by Nichole Larkey

Miles Perret Cancer Services - Games of Acadiana

It's the playground of all playgrounds and tomorrow thousands of people will fill the Cajundome for the Games of Acadiana. The day of family fun is the main fundraiser for Miles Perret Cancer Services and you won't pay a dime to help in the fight.

Martha Falterman says, "I know people that have had all kind of cancer that they have helped and made them feel special at a time when they didn't feel special about themselves." Martha Falterman is a cancer survivor herself. Miles Perret Cancer Services helped her along the way and she's volunteered since Games of Acadiana started 11 years ago.

Workers and volunteers are getting ready for Saturday, transforming the Cajundome into one big playland. Honoring the memory and spirit of a young man, Miles Perret Cancer Services opened its doors in 2002. Miles was 8 years old when he died of cancer. His parents started Games of Acadiana six years later.

Martha Falterman tell us that, "I think it takes special people like Hank and Debbie to take such a tragedy and turn it into something so positive."

You'll find 60 games, all free and for all ages. Company sponsors make it free and all of the money goes to make a difference in the every day lives of people who depend on Miles Perret cancer services. Executive Director Nicole Jones explains, "All of the services and programs that we provide for our clients and their families are at no charge everything we do is free to those families."

More than 1,000 volunteers come out to make the day possible. This year pediatriac cancer survivors are being honored. Nicole Jones says, "The organization was founded in memory of a child, now over ten years ago, and this year we are celebrating a new generation, as we celebrate a future of hope."

Falterman says, "Cancer is not always bad, cancer can be good and this is one of the good things that comes out of can."

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