Led by two teenaged patients, the kids in the outpatient clinic of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center infused the place with levity earlier this month and made Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” their fight song in a lively music video.
The idea came from Maddie Carlson, a 16-year-old Goffstown, NH, girl being treated for Ewing sarcoma, a bone cancer.
“I wanted to do something in the clinic that would be fun for me and the kids and give me a reason to get up every morning and go get chemotherapy,” Maddie says. “People always listen to the song and say it reminds them of me, and it reminds me of all the kids there.”
Eva Bod, a 17-year-old Newton, MA, girl with Hodgkin lymphoma, assisted.
She and Maddie have been friends since a Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s teen trip to see the Red Sox at Fenway Park in August. “We clicked the second we got on the bus,” Eva says. “It was the trip of a lifetime. For the first time, I was able to talk to kids about what I was going through.”
A week in the making, the music video has already attracted thousands of views.
“It does a good job of showing how courage comes in different sizes,” says Eva. “I want the hope to be shared.”
“Everyone’s saying it puts a smile on their face,” says Maddie.
Does it put a smile on her face? “Definitely.”
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