“Music was as big a part of my treatment as chemo, radiation and surgery. It was my support, my escape, my motivation, my celebration and in my deepest darkest moments my closest friend. It helped. It still helps…”
TODAY’s Hoda Kotb teamed up with Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles, who mashed up their hits ‘True Colors’ and ‘Brave’ to create a song to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. The music video for “Truly Brave” features young cancer patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The 4-year-old has been battling leukemia since February, but that didn’t stop him from jumping on stage with Sara Bareilles during her Sunday performance at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla. The two sang what is our new favorite version of Bareilles’ song, “Brave” — but only after Joshua adorably requested to wear the singer’s hat.
POWER OF MUSIC MONDAYS: Being on the other side of someone who’s sick is so frightening and desperate. When I was going through treatment I always felt the people around me had it harder than I did because they didn’t really know I was ok. I told them, but they were seeing me from their shoes. They saw the scary part that I couldn’t see because I was standing in it.Caregiver, Cold Play, Power of Music Mondays
“I’m not ready to make nice.” “That’s right.” I remember thinking. “That’s right” is still where I go 2 ½ years after my diagnosis. After 30 rounds of radiation, 4 ½ months of chemo, 3 surgeries and an eye opening education on the world of cancer I am, not at all ready to make nice…Dixie Chicks, Power of Music Mondays