New Orleans, LA – U.S. Marshal Genny May
proudly announced that the United States Marshals Service, Eastern District
of Louisiana, participated in the Children’s Hospital’s 2013 Prom of
Champions. The prom was attended by approximately one hundred-fifty children
who are being treated for cancer or blood disorders at the Children’s
Hospital of New Orleans. Most of the children are not able to attend their
own proms due to their illness, or worse, they may not make it to even see
their prom. Last year’s prom queen, 14-year-old LaMika Downs, who was
battling a brain tumor, passed away 5 months after the 2012 prom due to
complications brought on by the tumor. The Prom of Champions is dedicated to
providing amazing events throughout the year to Children's Hospital New
Orleans patients battling cancer and blood disorders, as well as support for
their loved ones. The events include a Modeling and Mocktail Fashion Party,
a holiday party, and their signature event, the Prom of Champions.
The deputies assisted with the planning, coordination, and facilitation of
the event and served as chaperones during the prom. This is the third year
in a row that deputies from the Eastern District of Louisiana have
participated in this worthwhile and humbling event.
With the support of the Louisiana Air National Guard, the New Orleans Harbor
Police, the New Orleans Police Department, the United States Marshals
Service, G. Smith Motorsports, Walgreens and numerous sponsors, the kids
were provided with a night where they could escape their pain, their fear
and their sadness. Event organizer Tiffany Reites said, “This is their
normal day. No clinic visits, no doctors, no shots and chemo.” The kids were
able to experience the amazement of wearing a beautiful gown or snazzy tux,
riding in a stretch limo, and walking down the “red carpet” as their
pictures were taken. Seeing their glow, as they realized all eyes were on
them, was an amazing experience for everyone involved. The Prom of Champions
was a night filled with music, dancing, food, desserts, the coronation of a
king and queen, and most importantly, good friends!
The children were picked up in limos and escorted to the prom site at Mardi
Gras World by volunteer scooter police from the New Orleans Police
Department. Once arriving at the “Red Carpet” event, the children, ages
13-20, were greeted by local news personalities Randi Rousseau and Chet
Pourciau, event organizers, hospital staff, family, friends, and New Orleans
Saints cornerback Jabari Greer, center Brian De La Puente, safety Romaine
Harper, and safety Malcolm Jenkins.
The actual prom was closed to all but the organizers and law enforcement.
Even the Children’s parents were not allowed in. The dresses, make-up,
hairdressers, tuxedos, flowers, transportation, food, music, photographs,
and all associated services were donated and provided to the children at no
cost to them or their family. Guests came from as far away as the
Louisiana-Texas border and several cities within Mississippi.
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