Hannah Huth knows how it feels to be cooped up in a hospital bed with little or nothing to do for entertainment.
The 15-year-old has survived multiple brain tumors and is CEO/founder of Looking Ahead 4 Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on bettering the lives of children through service. Hannah has carried out several fundraisers to benefit patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where she also has been a patient.
When Hannah was 3, she was diagnosed with craneophryngioma, a non-cancerous brain tumor, and underwent a craniotomy (temporary abstraction of a piece of skull to remove a tumor). Over the years, she has had several MRIs, growth hormone and hormone replacement therapies and subsequent tumors removed.
Needless to say, she has spent a lot of time in the hospital.
“I’ve had four surgeries here, so I know what it is like to be in the hospital and not have too much to do,” Hannah said.
That’s why she recently held a DVD drive at five Middle Tennessee schools to collect movies for patients who need something simply, relaxing and entertaining to do during their hospital stay. Her goal was 1,000 DVDs. She recently brought the donation – 2,100 DVDs – to the Childrenss Hospital.
When I was there, I saw many children who did not have family or relatives there by their side,” Huth said. “These children had nothing to do but sit there and think about their illness, and I want to give them something fun and relaxing to do.
Every child who is staying overnight has some sort of health concern that would make them anxious or scared. My goal in collecting over 1,000 DVDs for the patients is to help relieve their worries for even just an hour or two. My hope is that every DVD will brighten the day of a patient in need.”
She has held fundraising drives since she was 6, hoping to help other children.
Vanderbilt's children's hospital has saved my life so many times, and I want to help my community and benefit them as well,” said Hannah. The nurses and doctors at Children’s Hospital are amazing and they just make me feel so much better. Small things brighten your day when you're sick.
Hannah returns to Children's Hospital for checkups. Next year she hopes do another larger driving, involving more schools.