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Rx Laughter is going to be starting a project where we will review & choose age appropriate funny video & audio content done by individuals, which we will then show to patients in health care settings to help them feel better during their medical procedures. More info to come soon!
Rx Laughter Family
Retreat - Spring 2006
Rx Laughter expands therapeutic entertainment to Adult Hospice patients
The Pediatric Rx Laughter
Channel expands to include communication between inpatients in Critical
Quote from Ray Romano: "I am honored to be helping Rx Laughter raise funds for their research on how comedy can be an important part of treating seriously ill children and teens. As a dad, I know that there is nothing more important than the health and happiness of my children. As a performer, it's a great feeling to be able to give back to the community of people who have been so supportive of me throughout the years by doing whatever I can to help Rx Laughter continue its very important research." I hope you will join me in these efforts. Thank you."
Our early findings indicate an ability for healthy children to withstand painful medical procedures longer and with less overall anxiety and stress as they watch these funny comedy programs and films that we have chosen to be a part of the Rx Laughter project. This information has positive implications regarding how this entertainment can be integrated into numerous treatment areas at hospitals where children, teens and adults undergo painful procedures such as chemotherapy, dialysis, treatment for burns and wounds, orthopedic injuries, bone marrow treatments and traumatic injuries.
Dr. Stuber, UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center researcher, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, and the Principal Investigator of Rx Laughter at UCLA has presented this data at the annual American Medical Association Media Briefing of February 21, 2002 (click here).
Our next phase of Research will focus on learning more about how comedy programs can be used to help patients manage severe pain, improve immune function and decrease side effects of difficult treatments, such as nausea and lack of appetite as a result of chemotherapy treatments.
Special Thanks to those below, for their above-and-beyond support that contributed to the success of this Benefit:
2003 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival Endorses Rx Laughter
First Annual Comedy Central Benefit
for Rx Laughter !
Ray Romano (star of "Everybody Loves Raymond") headlined the hilarious First Annual Comedy Central/Comedy Rx benefit for Rx Laughter at UCLA's beautiful Royce Hall on September 27, 2002. Joining Ray in his support of Rx Laughter were Kevin James (star of "King of Queens"), Wendy Liebman (see below), Tom Kenny (voice of "Spongebob Squarepants") and Steve Mittleman. The event was underwritten by Comedy Central and Adlink. Our very generous Benefit Sponsors were Pacificare and Wolfgang Puck Wood-Fried Pizza. All ticket proceeds went to Rx Laughter.
Rx Laughter is deeply appreciative to everyone for their dedication, in kind donations, devotion and unwavering commitment in making this event a great deal of fun and a huge success!
The money raised will help to continue
researching how comedy and distractive entertainment can be offered as a prescription to
improve physical and emotional health during medical treatments
For Benefit Photos, Special Thanks & Articles, please click here!
We will keep you updated on the progress of all of the above, with some more exciting news coming shortly!