You’ve probably heard Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. It’s become somewhat of an anthem this summer — it’s just one of those songs that you can’t help but be inspired by. Wait until you see this young cancer patient sing it with the artist from his bedside. 7-year-old Jeremiah Succar rocks this song and brings it even more meaning.
When Platten heard the young boy was a fan, she surprised him at his bedside at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Jeremiah has been singing the song to get him through some of the rougher spots of treatment. Jeremiah is diagnosed with stage-four atypical rhabdoid teratoid, an aggressive, fast-growing tumor that occurs in the brain and spinal cord.
“Jeremiah loves ‘Fight Song,’ he memorized the lyrics after three or four times of listening to it,” Jerry Succar, Jeremiah’s father told the hospital. “He used to sing it when he got a lot of headaches, but now he sings it in the morning, before bed and during shots he has to get.” Platten was shocked to see that Jeremiah had memorized the entire song. It’s really a beautiful moment:
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. Children like Jeremiah are fighting every day to beat the illness. One YouTube commenter said, “They should professionally record the duet and put it on iTunes and have the proceeds go to cancer research.” Not a bad idea.
If you’d like to give in honor of Children’s Cancer Awareness Month, here are some charities that do wonderful work for the cause:
Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion