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CANO & PhotoNOLA…

Feb 20 - 28, 2017
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David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 20, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Horses, Hops and Cops

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
MEET THE CLYDESDALES! Horses, Hops and Cops is an annual fundraiser produced… more

International House…

Feb 20 - 27, 2017
To many, Mardi Gras means purple, green and gold blinking beads and kegs of… more

Monday Blues

Feb 20, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

New Orleans Museum of…

Feb 20 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
In conjunction with the opening of the New Orleans Museum of Art's (NOMA) … more

Second FRIDAY…

Feb 20 - Mar 4, 2017
'New Work by Max Seckel & Bruce Drinnon'. exhibition dates: February 10 -… more

Special!! BOMBAZO…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
Join us for Master Dancer and Puerto Rican Native, Miteri Tucker Concepcion… more

The Irish House…

Feb 20, 2017
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 20 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The Porter Trio…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
Join us for live music featuring The Porter Trio featuring George Porter Jr,… more

The Somerton Suitcase…

Feb 20, 2017
The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch… more

"Organ & Labyrinth"-…

Feb 21 - 21, 2017
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Clarence John…

Feb 21 - Mar 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

Exhibition to feature…

Feb 21 - Mar 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

Rockin' Road To Dublin

Feb 21 - 21, 2017
Following sell-out shows in the Northeast, Rockin' Road To Dublin is coming to… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Feb 21, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

What Ever Happened to…

Feb 21 - 21, 2017
This one-man show features actor Chakula cha Jua performing some of Langston… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Feb 22, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

CANO & PhotoNOLA…

Feb 20 - 28, 2017
CANO is proud to announce our first photography exhibition in conjunction with… 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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