Serving Northeast Louisiana Cancer Patients



The Cancer Foundation League (CFL) is affiliated with the Louisiana Cancer Foundation as a fundraising arm to help with outreach and to support the Foundation’s programs and services. We aim to provide direct financial assistance to individuals diagnosed with cancer.


The Mission of the Cancer Foundation League (CFL) is to provide services to area cancer patients and also to support the Louisiana Cancer Foundation.

Our Motto is Seldom Seen, but Strongly Felt.

The CFL is affiliated with the Louisiana Cancer Foundation as a fundraising arm to help with outreach and to support the Foundation’s programs and services. We aim to provide direct financial assistance to individuals diagnosed with cancer.

The CFL is committed to improving the financial, emotional, and physical well-being of cancer patients in Northeast Louisiana. We hope to help lighten the financial burden so that a patient and his/her family can concentrate their efforts on fighting the disease of cancer.

What We Do

The Cancer Foundation League (CFL) has one primary fundraiser a year, a Gala. One hundred percent of all funds raised are distributed locally in Northeast Louisiana. In 2010, we expanded our fundraising efforts to include a 5K Run and the 1st annual "Theresa Marsala Golf Tournament."

Of the funds raised through these events, seventy percent (70%) of the funds go to the CFL for patient services to help patients with costs such as medication expenses, transportation to and from treatments, utility bills, medical equipment, car notes, and mortgage or rent payments. In addition, the funds are used to help with our annual Christmas baskets that are distributed to area patients we have helped in the previous year. Thirty percent (30%) of raised funds are given to the Louisiana Cancer Foundation to help with their programs, such as support groups, providing 4 free public cancer screenings a year, and grants. For more information on the Louisiana Cancer Foundation, visit their website at

To be eligible for assistance, you must be a cancer patient who lives in Northeast Louisiana or who is receiving cancer treatment in Northeast Louisiana. If you qualify, you can complete an application.

Heather Lee


Heather Lee is the current (2019-2020) Corresponding Secretary for the Cancer Foundation League. She is a three-year league member and has successfully led the 2018 Christmas Basket drive as chair and assisted in CFL’s planning and fundraising events such as the annual gala and Fashion Fusion. A lifelong resident of Northeast Louisiana, Heather is the proud mom, full time chauffeur and chef for her two children, Garrett and Mauri Kate. While “Mom" is her favorite role, she juggles that with her professional career and many other active committee obligations. She has been employed at CenturyLink for 13 years where she works as a Project Manager and Public Policy Analyst. Heather is involved in numerous employee groups for the company including, CenturyLink Ambassadors, CenturyLink’s Women Empowered, Outstanding Service Provider staff, CenturyLink’s LA team captain for Alzheimer’s Association -Walk to End Alz, and the Clarke M. Williams Needy Family Committee. She is a member of North Monroe Baptist Church, and is a PTO room mom. In her spare time, she also coordinates political campaigns and fundraisers for local candidates seeking public office.

Debbie McNew

Vice President/President Elect

A native of Monroe and a graduate of Ouachita Parish High School and Northeast Louisiana University. Debbie has been employed with KNOE TV as a media consultant for the past 16 years. She is a former board member of Northeast Louisiana Ad Club and is actively involved with Ouachita Women’s Tennis. She enjoys travel, spending time outdoors and family time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Fran Miller

Vice President/President Elect

Fran Miller a 2 time survivor of cancer joined the Cancer League to help others that are fighting this awful disease. This year she is a co-vice president for CFL. A graduate of ULM with a masters +30 she later taught for 32 years before retiring. A native of Union Parish, she now resides in Monroe with her husband Al. Fran enjoys traveling, working out with her husband and spending time with her daughter and two grandsons.

Katelann Powell

Recording Secretary

Katelann Powell was born and raised in West Monroe, LA, where she resides with her husband of ten years, Justin, and their two children. She holds a Masters in the Science of Nursing degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she works as an assistant professor in the undergraduate nursing program. She has also worked as a registered nurse at St. Francis Medical Center since 2014. She and her family are active members of Christ Church and love to travel. Katelann loves the CFL and all that it contributes to our community.

Sarah Grant

Corresponding Secretary

Sarah Grant is a Monroe native, but has made her home in Start, La with her husband Josh of 8 years. She is a member of North Monroe Baptist Church. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Masters of Exercise Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is the Assistant Treasurer of the Cancer Foundation League where she is active on several committees. Sarah is also a member of the Dream Hunt Foundation and is responsible for all Dream Hunt activities in the Monroe area. Sarah enjoys giving back to her community and spending time with family and friends.

Susan Harwood


Liz McQueen

Assistant Treasurer

Liz is a lifelong resident of Monroe, LA, a Notary Public in Ouachita Parish, and has over 15 years in the banking industry. Very involved in Ouachita Parish, Liz has been a member of the Monroe Junior Garden Club, Monroe Junior League, and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Liz is the Director of the Grace Yellow House, a Realtor at John Rea Realty, and an active member of Grace Episcopal Church. Liz is married to Philip McQueen and has 2 daughters, Sarah - 14 and Meme - 10.

Mary Linda McCann

Immediate Past President

Mary Linda has a BBA & MBA from ULM and has worked for Regions Bank 20+ years. Mary Linda joined CFL in 2014, been on the Board two years, organized fundraisers including a whiskey tasting, Regions Angel Wings, auctions & raffles. She is a Junior League of Monroe sustainer, endowment trustee & recipient of the Louise Seymour Community Impact Award. Mary Linda holds Board positions with ULM Alumni, Monroe Rotary and Center for Children & Families. She was a founder of PAWS of NE LA and is active with Phi Mu Alumnae. Mary Linda is a member of Covenant Presbyterian and dog mom to Mr. Darcy.

Donna Jackson

Patient Services

Currently is Assistant Director of the Louisiana Cancer Foundation. She is Past President of the Junior League of Monroe and is an active volunteer with several local charitable agencies. Past boards service include Center for Children & Families,Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, State board of Prevent Child Abuse, Go Care, Grace Episcopal School, Youth House of Ouachita, Junior League of Monroe, CASA of Fourth Judicial District and Northeast Louisiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Janie Milby


Janie joined the Cancer Foundation League in 2019 and is the current Publicity Chair. A lifelong resident of Northeast Louisiana, she has lived in the MonroeWest Monroe area for the past 18 years and is mom to fur babies, Sam and Max. She is a graduate of ULM with a degree in Marketing. Before joining the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation, she held positions as Vice President of Resource Development and Marketing with United Way of Northeast Louisiana and Community Relations ManagerCorporate Social Responsibility Consultant with CenturyLink. Some of the boards she has served on include the Ad Club of Northeast Louisiana, Boys & Girls Club of North Louisiana, The Wellspring and Telecom Pioneers of America. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and making a difference in her community.

Members at Large

Beth Lively, Carla Costello, Jennifer Sparks, Lisa Vige

Beth Lively, Carla Costello, Jennifer Sparks, Lisa Vige

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