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Kids battling cancer get star treatment at Emagine Theatre

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – When you usually go to the movies, you're going to watch stars on the big screen.

Well, Monday at Emagine in Royal Oak, some very special local stars got a screening to a movie all by themselves.

The movie theater was transformed into a kids' dream airport terminal: Toys at baggage claim, cupcakes at the fueling station, and seats with far more leg room than what you'll find on a plane. All of this for local kids battling cancer.

"This is like new that we get to do today," said Gavin Rumpl, who is 6-year-old Leukemia survivor. He just finished three-and-a-half years of treatment.

Going to the movies is not an option for kids who spend their days in and out of the hospital.

Shannon McCown knows it first-hand. Her son was just diagnosed with AML Leukemia last month and he postponed his treatment just so he could go the theater. 

"He will be in bed for probably the next nice days and he turns 13 in ten days. It's for further birthdays," McCown said.

Monday's event was put on by The Bottomless Toy Chest -- a non-profit organization devoted to delivering crafts and toys to hospitalized kids battling cancer.

Mickey Guisewite, the founder and executive director of The Bottomless Toy Chest explained, "We often go in and find a child alone because mom and dad had to work... they are often frightened but when the bottomless toy chest comes in it is exciting and fun."

Their organization joined forces with Emagine Royal Oak to host the private screening of Disney's new movie "Planes."

The day wouldn't be complete without toys of course. 

Rumpl said he wants the Lego plane set because it looks so cool. 

The bottomless toy chest is a year-round organization donating over 12,000 toys to children in need every single year.

If you are interested in helping this organization, go to www.bottomlesstoychest.org.