Cassie's Story

Cassie Dean
Cassie Dean

When Facing the Challenges of a Cancer Diagnosis …
What is Most Needed? HOPE.


“It’s like stepping into the sunshine.” That’s what Cassie Dean says about attending yoga and all other programs at The Red Shoes free of charge as a Project HOPE participant. “Coming to The Red Shoes helps me not get too caught up in my head about being sick,” she says. “I can be at peace with myself.” Cassie, a stage 4 cancer survivor, has been able to attend a meditation retreat with doctors from India and a variety of other healing programs throughout the year. You know how important it is to take care of yourself emotionally and spiritually - so the mind and body can work together towards healing.


In June, Pasha Hogan, an Integrative Therapist from Sloan Kettering, author and three time breast cancer survivor came to Baton Rouge through Project Hope and spoke at an inspiring survivor’s luncheon at Mary Bird Perkins –Our Lady of the Lake. Pasha also led a workshop at The Red Shoes and among others, twenty cancer survivors attended. All of this was at no cost - our homegrown, “affordable caring act.”

 

The Pennington Family Foundation helps make this program possible, along with the support of people like you who know how important it is to have alternative therapies, as well as Hope. Together, we offer this for all who are facing Cancer. While survivors are welcome at all of our programs, Cancer Services of Baton Rouge partners to provide one yoga class each Monday morning only for cancer survivors, creating an amazing community of support and friendship. Cassie says this class of friends has helped her know she is not alone, “and how strong I can feel in my body.” You help make this “affordable caring” possible by insuring that we can offer our programs and our space for this important, healing work.

 

Learn more about Project Hope here.