CCA helps patient celebrate 100th birthday


This doctor’s visit had quite a surprise. Unbeknownst to Clarence Lege, a patient making a routine appointment Tuesday at Cancer Center of Acadiana at Lafayette General (CCA), his visit turned into a party celebrating his 100th birthday, which was a day earlier. At the end of his appointment, Lege was greeted in the CCA library with a birthday cake and card, balloons, banners and birthday wishes from the staff at CCA.

Making his 100th birthday was quite a milestone for Lege. In May 2011, when he was diagnosed with cancer, he was given three months to live. But, Lege told his doctor, Deborah Johnson, M.D., that he really wanted to reach the century mark. He said his family had a history of living well into their 90s. But, he wanted to make a hundred. Battling through his treatments, he finally did just that on Monday.

Lege enjoyed a little cake and punch while visiting and sharing stories with CCA caretakers, visitors and local media. CCA will present Lege with his personalized banner marking his 100th birthday and a framed picture of the occasion. This was just another way CCA demonstrates that its patients are at the center of everything they do. To find out more information about any of the three locations of Cancer Center of Acadiana (Lafayette General, Savoy Medical Center and Abbeville General), visit

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