The aquarium rolls out the red carpet for teens with cancer

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Non-profit group Heart of Passion, for teens from teens, organized a red carpet retreat for local teens who have or are currently battling cancer.

The kids who are at all stages of cancer, either recently diagnosed, in treatment or remission, eat breakfast among the fish. They then proceed to a private tour behind the scenes at the Aquarium.

"People sometimes see people with cancer and they try and unintentionally move away from them because they think, 'Well there's something wrong with them, or I don't like the way they look, they make me uncomfortable,' but they (Heart of Passion) come and volunteer their time to be with us to make us feel better," said 16 year-old Bryce Hartlin, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 15 and is now cancer-free. "It's just really nice, the whole program itself, it is one of the best programs. I always like it. Last year I was kinda iffy about it. I was saying, 'Well it's a camp for people with cancer.' I was saying how I wasn't sure how I was gonna be, but I was looking forward to it all year."

"The guests are no different than us, they just have a sickness and we're just here to help them and try to allow them to have the best experience that they can have," said high school student and volunteer Sally Jane Stern.


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