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Sophie's Place unveiled

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The sounds of music fill the halls at Primary Children’s Medical Center Friday. It's part of an effort that is leading the way in music therapy.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- The sounds of music fill the halls at Primary Children’s Medical Center Friday. It's part of an effort that is leading the way in music therapy.

Sophie Barton was a talented musician whose life was cut short. Friday her legacy lives on here at Primary Children’s: a legacy to heal the mind, body and soul.

The healing power of music on display, as Sophie Barton's siblings sing with young patients at Primary Children’s Medical Center they can't help but break out in tears.

"Sophie use to come up here and play to them herself and so I kind of had this overwhelming mix of joy and happiness," said Tessa Barton, Sophie’s sister.

An emotional time as Sophie’s Place is unveiled in the hospital, a state of the art room where children will come for crafts, games and music therapy.

Friday’s celebration is the result of a partnership with the Forever Young Foundation and the Hospital Foundation.

"We call it Sophie's Place because our dear family friend Sophie Barton passed away three years ago today up in Heber. And she used to volunteer here and play the guitar for the kids," said Steve Young, former Hall of Fame quarterback and Founder of Forever Young Foundation.

Music therapy found a special place in Barb Young's heart about 20 years ago when a close friend was in a coma. She wanted desperately to help her friend with music, but her efforts fell on deaf ears.


"I was desperate for someone to help her other than just conventional medicine. I knew something had to be out there," said Barb Young, Founder of the Forever Young Foundation.

But today the benefits are hitting a high note; doctors are even writing prescriptions for music therapy.

Progress that is drawing a star studded lineup to Friday’s celebration. Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots and Utah’s own Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars were all in attendance.

"The fact they are bringing in music therapy to the hospital is a fantastic thing, I really believe in it, I think it's beneficial and I think it's going to help the kids," said Derek Hough, from Dancing with the Stars.

And even though the true star of the day isn't here in person, her mom, Anne-Marie Barton, still feels her presence.

"I see it in the faces of the kids and the people. They just can't help but to have that feeling when they walk into the room."

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