Hannah Huth knows how frightening nights in the hospital can be for children - the 15-year-old is a longtime patient herself.
"I've been in the hospital - in and out - for my whole life," she said. "I know what it's like to be a patient ... sitting in bed and focusing on your illness."
That's why Huth started a drive to collect DVDs from local schools for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Friday, she delivered more than 2,100 donated DVDs to the hospital.
Movies can provide a crucial escape for young minds in hospital beds.
"It's an hour or two of getting their mind off their illness and helping them smile," Huth said.
She was diagnosed with her first noncancerous brain tumor at age 3. She has been back several times for MRIs, hormone treatments and to have subsequent tumors removed over the years, and she returns to the hospital for checkups and surgeries when needed, according to a Vanderbilt news release.
Huth also is the CEO and founder of Looking Ahead 4 Kids Inc., a nonprofit that seeks to brighten young patients' days at Vanderbilt. The nonprofit donated five DVD players to the hospital.
Patients will be able to borrow from the collection free of charge.