Marylee's Open Road

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    Speedbump

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Baton Rouge, LA

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MARYLEE ORR

Executive Director
Louisiana Environmental Action Network

“Most of us are in this temporary state and trying to do the best we can.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Fear Inspiration Struggle Success

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

environmentalist, giving back, hurricane, lyme disease, natural disasters, odd jobs

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Had a host of different jobs-owned an art gallery, worked at Head Start, worked in real estate.
  • Finally decided that maybe her calling was just to be the best wife and mother that she could be.
  • Then, her son was born with a lung disease; after seeing him struggle to breathe, she swore she'd never take breathing for granted again.
  • Today, her son is healthy, so her new mission is to pay back her personal luck by giving back to her environment.
  • She, along with a small group of community members, started the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) to mend local environmental problems.
  • She'd grown up hearing about the "big one," the hurricane that would flood New Orleans.
  • In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit, she watched her "New Orleans family" dying on the news; LEAN sprung into action.
  • Says they, "begged, borrowed and stole" any supplies they could, delivered 10-12 thousand pounds of food each day to those in need.

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