Community Matters: Lollipop Theater Network

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A national non-profit is helping patients smile at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH). 

The Lollipop Theater Network brings theatrical movies to hospitals. 
On Tuesday, the group showed 'Sing' to the children at ACH.

Austin Slieter is going through maintenance rounds of chemotherapy. He says events like this make a difference.

"Before you get diagnosed you go to the movies with your friends, you get to be around a lot of people, and once you get diagnosed you don't get to see very many people, you don't get those same interactions," he says, adding that this environment is something special.

"It's almost like a safe space I guess, because you know you are not being judged because you are sick," says Austin.

Sarah Utterback travels with the movies to area hospitals for the Lollipop Theater Network.

"As hard as the situation might be that the child is in, to bring some normalcy, and to bring some excitement to their day, just to give them a little break. It's very fulfilling," she says.

Austin adds that laughter can really be the best medicine.

"It's probably better than the chemo," he says.

Click here for more information on the Lollipop Theater Network.

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