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For Immediate Release

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March 29, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Garrett Hawk
Eastern District of Louisiana (504) 589-3131
Eastern District of Louisiana Deputies Support Children's Hospital Prom for Children with Cancer

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.

For information about the Prom of Champions visit http://chpromofchampions.wix.com/h-prom-of-champions.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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