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Rx Laughter Student/Hospital Pair Up Digital Visit Program
August 31, 2016
Dear UT Austin Students,
I am writing to you today as the Founder and President of Laughter www.rxlaughter.org which is a public charity since 1998 that implements inspiring comedic entertainment into healthcare for patients and families. This program is based upon the Rx Laughter medical lab research with scientists at The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center which suggests that funny clips of classic and contemporary tv and film comedies are very helpful in reducing the effects of pain and anxiety on children and young adults (Age 8 to age 21 approx.) during medical treatments in a hospital or clinic setting. Based upon this evidence, we have expanded into therapeutic and educational programs nationally that uses the power of comedy to improve coping, communication and quality of life for youth in treatment for a wide, varying range of emotional and physical issues that affect their quality of life. (depression, fear, anxiety, rejection, relationship and family issues, anger, addiction, school).
This outreach to you presents a way for you to showcase your talent and help youth who need it most: Our longstanding onsite hospital and clinic therapeutic entertainment program is expanding into the digital arena this Fall for youth around the country with our “Rx Laughter Student/Hospital Pair Up Digital Visit Program.” We will now be able to help thousands more children and young adults (Age 8 to 21 approx.) across the country via digital “visits”. https://www.facebook.com/RxLStudentPairUp/ Additionally, this is an opportunity for budding filmmakers to work out your funny bones and bring awareness to the power of entertainment to improve and change lives in innovative ways. More at: http://rxlaughter.org/t_mediatech.htm
The new digital aspect of the “Rx Laughter Student/Hospital Pair Up Program” involves sourcing student-made comedy clips (5 minutes max.) These can be: Shorts, sketches, Jokes, Songs, Games, Animation, Dance, a personal funny anecdote about using comedy or humor to cope with a problem. It should be fun, upbeat and entertaining with a hopeful message.
Each student’s short will be honored through targeted exposure at your clinic of choice (More about that below!) Selection is based on creativity, appropriateness, sensitivity to subject matter, humor, and production values, and will be given extra attention if the subject matter directly relates to the concerns of the patients in the clinic that you are selecting. If a student’s submission is selected, that student maintains control of their material throughout the process, selects their care center of choice (don’t worry, we’ll take care of all the nitty-gritty), and, subject to the school’s intellectual property rights, retains the rights to submit elsewhere.
You can choose a specific local clinic or hospital treatment department t(dialysis, bone marrow treatments/infusions, pain management, etc) or a mental health clinic that helps youth with depression, addiction or any other issues. We will set it up with the head of that area. If you would like, we can also arrange for you to present the patients/clinic head with a hard copy of the video.
This is not a contest, so there is no entry fee! Students stand to gain valuable exposure while helping a patient in need. Acceptable clips for submission include those made by the student in the past in addition to ones they’ll be making this Fall.
The deadline for submission is Dec. 1st. Therefore, we ask for a response from each student by Sept. 24th. Please email us at email@example.com with your name, all contact info, and their medical care facility of choice by Oct. 1st. Feel free to also email us with any questions you may have before Sept. 24th, and I will be sure to respond! (Put Rx L Pair Up in Subject Line!). Thank you in advance for using your talents to make such a huge difference!
Sherry Hilber, Founder and President, Rx Laughter www.RxLaughter.org