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Young patients turn struggles into movies

December 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Young patients at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital are making their own video stories to document their illness and recovery."If I could be anything in the whole wide world, I would like to be an actress," said 11-year-old Kelsey Kadowaki.

She was chosen to play the lead role in her very own documentary about her illness. Last month she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

The short films are part of Make a Film Foundation's flip video project. The non-profit group was founded by writer director Tamika Lamison with the goal of granting children their movie wishes.

"We team up industry professionals with kids who have serious or life threatening medical conditions and help them create short film legacies," said Lamison.

Another patient, Christina Cortez, who is battling a third relapse with leukemia, wrote and directed a film about a princess and her losing battle against a monstrous disease.

The children were able to create six films using flip video cameras. Their real life dramas will culminate in an awards gala in which every star is given their very own mini Oscar statuette.

"I often get asked what impact Make a Film Foundation has on the children, and my response is really, it's not so much how we impact them but how they impact us," said producer Debbie Hughes.


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