LOS ANGELES (March 6, 2013)— Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has joined film production and distribution company, World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation (World Wide), in a nationwide effort to raise awareness for childhood cancer through the award-winning feature film, WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER (www.waystoliveforevermovie.com). Based on the acclaimed British children’s novel by Sally Nicholls, this heartfelt picture, which opens nationwide this summer, tells the inspiring story of an ambitious 12-year-old named Sam and his best friend, Felix who, despite battling leukemia, embark on an inspiring mission to achieve their dreams, answers their burning questions, and grow up fast.
The film will be released this year to select theaters nationwide, and a portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as other prestigious cancer-related organizations that have teamed up with World Wide to bring further awareness to both the picture and its important message.
“We’re grateful to partner with World Wide Pictures Corporation for their courage to journey into the emotional, personal side of childhood cancer and their generosity to use this national platform to truly make an impact,” said Stuart E. Siegel, Director of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Proceeds from the film will support critical Center needs, such as innovative translational research and our unique grant-funded psychosocial support groups that, like the characters in the movie, help teens and families of teens navigate the psychosocial obstacles that inevitably come with battling cancer.”
WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER stars critically acclaimed actors Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, The Truth About Cats & Dogs), Greta Scacchi (The Player, Emma), Robbie Kay (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Alex Etel (The Water Horse), Emilia Fox (Pride And Prejudice – BBC), and Ella Purnell (Intruders, Never Let Me Go). The growing list of international awards includes: Best Feature Film from the European Children’s Film Association, Best Picture at the Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema, the Heartland Film Festival Audience Award, and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s Adult Jury Prize. In anticipation of the film’s North American theatrical release, nationally renowned book publisher Scholastic has plans to release an enhanced eBook version of the best-selling novel on which the film is based.
“We are very proud to be associated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help bring further awareness to the opening of this special and relevant film throughout the US, thereby increasing research dollars available to find cures and help affected families,” offers Paul D. Hancock, President and CEO of World Wide.
For more than five decades, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (www.CHLA.org/cancer) has been leading the fight against pediatric cancer and blood diseases through innovative research and clinical programs, providing top clinical care and cutting-edge treatment for more than 1,100 new patients and 25,000 outpatient visits each year.
Dedicated to treating the whole child, the Center provides psychosocial programs for patients and survivors, like the HOPE Program and Teen Impact, a support group for teens and young adults that focus on the emotional and psychological toll of battling cancer. The Center also utilizes creative and expressive arts therapy, confidence-boosting retreats, academic support and transition programs that endeavor to help patients achieve their goals and dreams while staying healthy.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is ranked fifth in the nation for cancer care on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals List.
About World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation
Founded in 1977, World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation (www.wwmpc.com) is a diversified company with shareholders throughout the world, primarily involved in the development, financing, production and distribution of feature films, documentaries, short subjects, industrials and television productions. World Wide’s industry executives and board members have produced, distributed and consulted on a wide variety of film and television projects, earning Academy awards, Emmy awards, and prizes from international film festivals.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
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