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Stolen DVDs reveal America's heart, surprise twist

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Americans are angry after hearing someone stole DVDs from the cancer center at Texas Children's Hospital.

Who would walk away with movies meant for sick children?  People aren't only disappointed; they're doing something about it.  Their kindness is pouring in by the box load.

"People, within minutes, started emailing us from all over the country that they were sending us DVDs," Ryan Marsh said.

Ryan heard the story about the stolen DVDs and jumped into action.

"We put out a call on our website for our supporters to send in DVDs and we were really amazed with the response," he said, smiling.

More than a thousand DVDs, video games and gaming systems were donated to the kids at TCH.

DVDs are an escape for kids who are in the hospital, fighting for their lives.  Ryan knows all too well the need for these movies.  His baby girl was once at TCH, stricken with cancer.

"Layla did watch a lot of movies," he said.  "That's one of the things that kept her happy.  It's one of the ways that we helped distract her from the pain and discomfort that she had."

Layla was two years old when she died.  From her death, a non-profit was born.

"My wife and I were determined to dedicate ourselves to finding a cure," Ryan said.

The mountain of movies was donated to the "Layla Grace Foundation" for the kids at TCH.  Ryan and his wife run the foundation.  

"We were really surprised when we opened a package and there was a letter from Pixar and one of each of their movies was in there and we also got a package from FOX Home Entertainment, so some big people took notice," he said.

And there's a surprise twist.

"We did not have a mass theft of DVDs," TCH's Jamie Snow said.  "We do have videos that do walk away sometimes and a lot of times that just happens on accident."

When someone heard about a few missing movies, the story spread like wildfire.  It sparked Ryan's message, and kind-hearts across the country responded.  

"We really thank the ‘Layla Grace Foundation' from the bottom of our hearts," Snow said, smiling.  "They really were the group that got this all coordinated for us.  It's really going to make a huge difference for our patients and our families."
                      
Hundreds of children are hospitalized at TCH.  Thousands more are in waiting rooms, seen by doctors on any given day.  

The DVDs may not have been stolen, but we're told the hospital was in desperate need of up-to-date movies.  Now, that movie collection has doubled.  TCH is planning to pay it forward by donating its massive library of VHS tapes.

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