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Music therapy facility for children honors girl's legacy

SALT LAKE CITY — A young singer whose life ended tragically early will live on in the way music can heal ailing children.

Sophie Barton, who died in 2010 after a hike at an LDS Church girls camp, is the inspiration behind Sophie's Place, a special music therapy facility to be built in children’s hospitals across the country caring for young people suffering from chronic illness or serious injury. The first facility has been opened at Primary Children's Medical Center.

Former NFL and BYU quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb, partnered with Primary Children’s in opening Sophie's Place, a Forever Young Foundation initiative. This is the first music therapy room built inside hospital walls in the U.S and will include a recording studio, performance area, practice room and listening station, most importantly a space for music therapist to provide group music therapy experiences or work individually with patients