On this Spirit of Acadiana, KATC’s Scott Brazda gives an inside look at the 2018 Games of Acadiana happening this Saturday at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette.
The Games of Acadiana have been the signature fundraiser for Miles Perret Cancer Services since the first games were held in 2001. Sherry Hernandez, Community Liason for the organization says that the games even predates the opening of MPCS.
The focus of the games has always been on families, but also allowing those families to enjoy each other and play together. With over 50 games and activities planned for this year’s event. Hernandez says there is so much for families to enjoy.
“It’s open to the public, free to the public, and it’s just a really fun day for the whole family.”
Miles Perret, if you didn’t know, was an actual person. And his valiant battle against cancer was why parents Hank and Debbie decided to thank their friends and neighbors and shine a spotlight on the journeys of other cancer patients.
Hernandez explains that while Miles was going through his cancer treatments, the community rallied around his family.
“After their experience, the Perrets realized there was a real void in the community for a center that offered the same type of services that helped people live.”
The initial Games was the impetus for the center that would come shortly thereafter
And now, years later, Miles Perret Cancer Services provides support for cancer patients in a number of local parishes.
This year’s Games will feature a Home Run Derby, Hula Hoops, Candyland, Bubble gum blowing, Face the Cooking. Of course, we can’t forget about the Zombie Laser tag.
This year, the Cajundome and both floors of the Convention Center will be utilized. The folks at Miles Perret and over 1,200 volunteers are planning to fill the space with fun.
And as an attendee, that is your main job. To have fun.
As Hernandez says, this Saturday’s Games is a celebration for us all.
“It’s a celebration of hope and healing. We’re just so excited it’s our 18th year and just can’t wait for the day.”
Opening ceremonies featuring cancer survivors from Lafayette Parish will begin at 10:00 am doors to the Convention Center and Survivor Check-IN begins at 9:00 am. The games will end at 4:00 pm.