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"Mysterious…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
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"Prospect.3: Notes…

Nov 23, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Nov 23, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Boesman and Lena

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans returns to Ashé Cultural Arts… more

Celebration in the…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Kids get the royal holiday treatment at their own Celebration in the Oaks… more

Kirk Franklin…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Raise the roof Sunday mornings with brunch featuring the explosive energy of… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you and your family hooked… more

Mistletoe Marketplace…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Kickoff Mistletoe Marketplace in the French Quarter at 4 p.m. on Thursday,… more

New Orleans Poboy…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Come join us for the New Orleans Poboy Festival. The New Orleans Po-Boy… more

Smoothie King Center…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world… more

THE GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC…

Nov 23 - 26, 2014
This traveling exhibit examines the history of the U.S. naval base in… more

The Mysterious…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

The New Orleans…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
The New Orleans Fringe has become known for its offbeat and sometimes crazy… more

The Victory Belles…

Nov 23, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Nov 24 - 24, 2014
Get your fix of Emeril's famed contemporary New Orleans cuisine at the flagship… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Nov 24 - 24, 2014
Make a pit-stop on the way to the Superdome at the iconic Emeril's Delmonico in… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Nov 24 - 24, 2014
NOLA, the casual, funky eatery located in the heart of the French Quarter, is a… more

New Orleans Saints…

Nov 24 - 24, 2014
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ThinkerKids Holiday…

Nov 24 - 26, 2014
Come explore science, technology, art and math with us at ThinkerKids Holiday… more

Canal Street Lighting…

Nov 25 - 25, 2014
Stroll along Canal Street and watch as the Downtown Development District and… more

"Mysterious…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… 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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