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Art is the Driving…

Dec 5 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

BOUNCE YA BRASS

Dec 5 - 26, 2016
Join us for a fun, energized cardio bounce fitness classes with a New Orleans… more

Celebration in the…

Dec 05, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 5 - 31, 2016
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 5 - 5, 2016
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly presents the free Christmas New… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Dec 05, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Galatoire Foundation…

Dec 5 - 5, 2016
The Galatoire Foundation invites you to attend its 10th annual Christmas… more

Holiday Home and…

Dec 5 - 31, 2016
Just in time for the holiday season, The Historic New Orleans Collection will… more

House of Blues…

Dec 5 - 26, 2016
Need a cure for your Monday Blues? Get a dose of free live local blues music by… more

House of Blues…

Dec 5 - 26, 2016
Join Nicole Lynn Foxx and special guest comedian DC Paul every Monday night in… more

Jonathan Weiss Dark…

Dec 5 - 31, 2016
Tour company Jonathan Weiss Tours will donate 15% of proceeds during the month… more

Miracle on Fulton…

Dec 5 - 24, 2016
NOV 22 – DEC 24 Hourly Snowfall 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Gingerbread… more

Monday Blues

Dec 05, 2016 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

NapolĂ©on: General.…

Dec 05, 2016 - Jan 07, 2017
M.S. Rau Antiques will host a comprehensive exhibition Napoléon:… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

Dec 5 - 30, 2016
Featuring work by nine women artists from the island continent, this exhibition… more

The Irish House…

Dec 05, 2016
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Dec 05, 2016 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The New Movement…

Dec 5 - 26, 2016
Knockout is TNM's weekly comedy clash where two different comedy shows go… more

The Somerton Suitcase…

Dec 05, 2016
The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch… more

2016 LikeMinded…

Dec 6 - 6, 2016
The Holidays are here! Join us for our Tuesday, December 6 Holiday Soiree at… more

Art is the Driving…

Dec 5 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

Audubon Aquarium to Host New Orleans Group Bringing Hope to Teens with Cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:  
Katie Smith
Office 504-378-2693
Cell 504-278-0542
ksmith@auduboninstitute.org

Savannah Solomon
Heart of Passion
504-982-3588
savannah.solomon@gmail.com

 

Audubon Aquarium to Host New Orleans Group Bringing Hope to Teens with Cancer  

Audubon Nature Institute is sending out this press release on behalf of Heart of Passion. 

 

(New Orleans, La.)-Young leaders hope to show that laughter is still the best medicine for a special group of teen cancer survivors. Organized by the non-profit group Heart of Passion (HoP), the second annual Red Carpet Retreat New Orleans will treat 20 teens from cancer centers in Texas and Mississippi to an inspiring weekend designed to create lasting memories and strong emotional bonds among fellow cancer survivors. The event takes place June 13-16 throughout the city of New Orleans.  Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will host a "Breakfast with the Sharks" for the special group on Thursday, June 14 at 8am in the Gulf of Mexico exhibit along with a tour of the Aquarium.

"Everyone knows cancer can be one of the hardest experiences a person faces," says Savannah Solomon,  Tulane masters of business administration graduate and founder of Heart of Passion. "This experience is particularly difficult for teenagers, who lack the naïveté of children and the self-assuredness of adults. Teens are learning their independence, and cancer can really complicate that process."

No one understands that better than Solomon, who was diagnosed with cancer at ages 12, 15 and 18. As she began to miss out on the normal teenage experience due to her rigorous treatment schedule, she went looking for answers. Finding that there were few support networks especially for teens with cancer, she created one herself. Heart of Passion was born, and ten years later the group has helped hundreds of teenage cancer survivors learn to enjoy life and forget their disease, even if only for a few days at a time.  Patients have the chance to be "normal" and independent - and parents have the chance to let them without worry. Based out of their posh accommodations at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, these teens will forget their troubles as they enjoy days filled with Rock ‘N Bowl, swamp tours, an Paris Parker Spa salon day, and a dance at Mardi Gras World. The week's events center on a scavenger hunt-style day of challenges; teams will be whisked around the city in limousines as they stop at various iconic locations to complete certain tasks.  To kick off this cornerstone event, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, a facility of Audubon Nature Institute, will welcome the group for a special before-hours breakfast with the sharks and aquarium tour. 
 
While the event provides a wonderful distraction, cancer is a serious matter for these young survivors. Teenagers often face some of the toughest cancer treatments and many even show signs of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) at some point after diagnosis. It is for this reason that Heart of Passion has decided to put its roots down in New Orleans, a city that knows how to rise above tough times and enjoy the good things in life.
 
"After completing my education in New Orleans and experiencing first-hand the positive approach people take to life here, I knew this would be the ideal base of operations for Heart of Passion moving forward," says Solomon. "Our goal is to provide hope to teenagers with cancer. I can think of no better place for them to learn to feel comfortable in their own skin, forget their troubles and finally feel at home again."
 
Since its founding in 2002, Heart of Passion has hosted ten "Red Carpet Day" retreats for teens with cancer in Atlanta, Dallas, and New Orleans, serving over 400 patients in those regions. Heart of Passion's priority is to create a unique experience for this age group. The event is coordinated by a group of 11th and 12th grade students from Isidore Newman High School and Metairie Park Country Day School.
 
For more information on Red Carpet Day or Heart of Passion, visit heartofpassion.net or facebook.com/HeartofPassion.

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