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A scene from the movie "The Reason," which was filmed at Children's Hospital of Georgia and other Augusta locations.

Movie filmed at Children’s Hospital of Georgia in 2016 now available

A movie filmed at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia in 2016 was released on digital and DVD on Dec. 15 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Reason, a faith-based movie, stars Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr., Tatyana Ali and Burgess Jenkins and tells the story of how a boy’s leukemia diagnosis changes the lives of everyone around him.

Many employees at Augusta University and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia helped make the movie possible by providing assistance during the seven days of filming on campus in February and March of 2016.

Children’s served as the primary backdrop for all the hospital scenes, with the exception of the pediatric intensive care scenes, which were filmed inside the Simulation Center at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons. In addition, the Ronald McDonald House and Professional Building 1 were used for several office scenes. Viewers may also recognize parts of Broad and Ellis streets in downtown Augusta in the movie.

More information about the movie and purchasing options are available on the UPHE website, and digital retailers include iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and DirecTV.

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Charlie Ray Reid of Houston, Texas, plays the part of Alex Thomas, the boy in the film who is diagnosed with leukemia.

Producers Kenneth and Cindy Sirls have partnered with the charitable organization Convoy of Hope.

“For every view of this movie, you will help us to be able to provide a meal to a child,” said Ken Sirls in an email this week. “We greatly appreciate your support!”

Additional cast members in The Reason include  Beverly ToddKelly Carlson, Alan PowellSara Antonio, Kristopher Wente and former Green Bay Packers player Michael Montgomery.

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Denise Parrish

Denise Parrish is Director of Communications for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic at 706-721-9760 or

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