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.

Marion Wilson


Marion is a native of Monroe La. She attended St Frederick High School and Northeast La University graduating with a BA in Elementary Education and a master’s in special education. She has been a member of CFL for 10 years and has served on the board as member at large. She has worked on the golf tournament committee, served as acquisitions chair for gala, volunteered for numerous screenings and helped with Fashion Fusion this year. She is married to Bill Willson and has two incredible boys. Edmund works at CNB Bank in Shreveport and Gordon is a Jr. at LSU in Mechanical Engineering.

Debbie Sawyer

Vice President/President Elect

Debbie Sawyer is a graduate of Neville High School and Louisiana Tech University. Since 1990 she has worked at Sawyer Industrial Plastics as Sales Manager, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and currently the President overseeing the day-to-day operations. Among many awards, Debbie was Awarded the Jim Shipp Young Business Leader Award becoming the first Woman that had ever received the award. Debbie is active in may volunteer organizations in the community. She has a deep passion for helping cancer patients of our area and was a Charter Board Member of the Louisiana Cancer Foundation as well as a Charter member of the Cancer Foundation League. Chaired multiple CFL Committees and Developed and Chaired the Angel Wings Charity Fundraising Project. Debbie was married in 1986 to William D. Sawyer, Jr. and has three adult children and grandchildren.

Sarah Grant

Recording Secretary

Donna Davidson

Corresponding Secretary

Erin Etheridge


Macheala Ticheli

Assistant Treasurer

Liz McQueen


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 a Realtor at John Rea Realty, and a Notary Public in Northeast Louisiana. Liz is married to Philip McQueen and has 2 daughters, Sarah - 14 and Meme - 11.

Debbie McNew

Immediate Past President

A native of Monroe and a graduate of Ouachita Parish High School and Northeast Louisiana University. For the past 16 years, Debbie has been employed with KNOE TV as a media consultant and has recently retired from KNOE TV. She is a former board member of Northeast Louisiana Ad Club and is actively involved with Ouachita Women’s Tennis. Debbie has previously served on many committees with First United Methodist Church of West Monroe and First United Methodist Church Loop Road. She enjoys travel, spending time outdoors and family time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Donna Jackson

Patient Services/LCF Representative

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.

Members at Large


Ashley Herring. Melinda Winn. & Sherri Jennings

NELA Cancer Prayer Support Group [2nd Thursday of Each Month]
May 11, 2023
St Francis Community Health Center- 2600 Tower Drive, Monroe (Community Room, 2nd floor)
Winter General Meeting
Dec 07, 2022
2016 Tower Drive
Our winter meeting will be held on the second floor of NELA Dental on Tower Drive in Monroe.
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Christmas Gift Baskets
Dec 25, 2022
Northeast Louisiana
Each year, the Cancer Foundation League gathers items to create special Christmas Baskets and deliver to the area cancer patients.
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