Why is the Al Copeland Foundation Involved in Immunotherapy Treatments? 

Merkel cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, took the life of Al Copeland Sr. in 2008. There were no FDA-approved treatments for Merkel cell carcinoma available to treat Al Copeland, Sr.  After their experience searching for an effective treatment, the Copeland family dedicated themselves to raising funds to CHANGE THE COURSE for this and other cancers, and the Al Copeland Foundation was born. The ACF chose LSU Health New Orleans as its partner in this quest and continues to raise funds for local cancer research, treatment and patient programs at LSU Health New Orleans.

Recently, Immunotherapy has become a ground breaking and life changing form of treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma, especially if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.  The Al Copeland Foundation set a goal to bring this new treatment to New Orleans and help find patients to receive the treatment at LSU Health New Orleans.  We have achieved this goal and exceeded it by bringing 12 more immunotherapy treatments to LSU Health New Orleans and the other LSU sites across Louisiana.

ACF is also extremely excited to announce that our first patient in Louisiana receiving the Merkel cell carcinoma treatments is Clinically Cancer Free.  After 11 months of treatment with 12 more months to treatment to go, he has received his first full body scan that shows no sign of cancer in his body.

What is Immunotherapy? 

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps your immune system fight cancer. The immune system helps your body fight infections and other diseases. It is made up of white blood cells and organs and tissues of the lymph system.  Immunotherapy treatment uses your body’s own immune system to help fight cancer without chemotherapy or radiation.

Information about the Immunotherapy Treatments in partnership with the Al Copeland Foundation. 

LSU Health New Orleans is recruiting participants into Immunotherapy Treatments across Louisiana that includes Breast Cancer, Leukemia, Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Rare Cancers, GYN/Uterine Cancer, Lung Cancer and Melanoma.  The Al Copeland Foundation and LSU Health New Orleans are working hard every day to bring more immunotherapy treatments to Louisiana.

How do I Get More Information?

For more information about the Immunotherapy treatments at LSU Health New Orleans, call 866-559-2476.  You may also visit

How Can I Help?

The Al Copeland Foundation is working hard to raise the critical funds needed to bring more ground breaking treatments to the Gulf State Area!  We ask you to donate to help us fulfill Big Al’s wish to save lives and end cancer, help us spread the word so those that need treatment know it is right here at home.

If you need further information or help, please call the Al Copeland Foundation at 504-620-3727 or email