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Empowering Through Personal Testimony: Overcoming Adversity and Inspiring Hope

My Rescue Story


My story was headline news in the Washington Post, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, People Magazine, and numerous others. In 1993, Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story debuted as a NBC made-for-television drama starring Mariel Hemingway based on my childhood.

Kidnapped at the Age of Seven

My name is Lauren Burns, and I was kidnapped at the age of seven by my Jordanian father and taken to Jordan. My mother, Cathy Hopkins, hired ex-military experts who traveled to Jordan with my mother to bring me home safely. Through a daring rescue mission, my mother and I escaped across a secured military border into Israel.

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  • Empowering Through Personal Testimony: Overcoming Adversity and Inspiring Hope

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